Saturday, May 18, 2013

Here we are…..

Here we are…

Parked in Mom and Dads driveway for a few weeks..

We will be back and forth between family in MA and here in CT most of the summer.

That’s Dad taking down the flag for the evening..

Ct_003Our little side yard..

View from doorway of Homey..

Ct_001My brother-in-law made the planter box for me last year.

I have started to plant it up for the summer.

My little Balliecat is *planted* under the Angel statue.


View out of our living room window onto our patio..

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Our dining window looks out into a Rhododendron.

A Gray Catbird has claimed this space….and guards what looks like an old nest.

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While the Catbird is away a Baltimore Oriole comes in to steal some nesting material..


The Catbird didn’t appreciate this very much.. we are settled in for a bit.

A few days ago I read Tom Auer’s Migration forecast for the area.

I know when you hit it just right Bluff Point State Park can be a great place for migrants..

We arrived around 6:30am

bluff_004A beautiful start to the morning..


We parked our car at the first pull off after going under the train tracks..

Walked up into an open area near the gated area for the trains..

We hit the jackpot..

Warblers everywhere!

We didn’t know where to look first.


We birded the area for six hours!

First doing the short walk near the first pull off..

Then the three mile loop.

Most variety of warblers was at the first pull off.

It was amazing!



Most birds were up high in the canopy and my little point and shoot camera couldn’t reach them..

Black and White Warbler butt


We saw a Baltimore Oriole making its nest..


Black-throated Blue Warbler


It was a most wonderful time! It really pays to watch migration radar!

We went birding the same spots the following day and it was very different.. A few migrants left..most had moved on.

May 16

Bluff Point SP
4 miles
360 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.3
  Canada Goose
  Great Blue Heron
  Great Egret
  Laughing Gull
  Herring Gull
  Rock Pigeon
  Mourning Dove
  Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  Red-bellied Woodpecker
  Downy Woodpecker
  Eastern Wood-Pewee
  Eastern Phoebe
  Great Crested Flycatcher
  White-eyed Vireo
  Blue-headed Vireo
  Red-eyed Vireo
  Blue Jay
   American Crow
  Tree Swallow
  Barn Swallow
  Black-capped Chickadee
  Tufted Titmouse
  Carolina Wren
  House Wren
  Swainson's Thrush
  Wood Thrush
  American Robin
  Gray Catbird
  Northern Mockingbird
  Brown Thrasher
  Blue-winged Warbler
  Tennessee Warbler
  Northern Parula
  Yellow Warbler
  Chestnut-sided Warbler
  Magnolia Warbler
  Black-throated Blue Warbler
  Black-throated Green Warbler
  Blackburnian Warbler
  Bay-breasted Warbler
  Blackpoll Warbler
  Black-and-white Warbler
  American Redstart
  Canada Warbler
  Eastern Towhee
  Song Sparrow
  White-crowned Sparrow
  Scarlet Tanager
  Northern Cardinal
  Red-winged Blackbird
  Brown-headed Cowbird
  Baltimore Oriole
  American Goldfinch
  House Sparrow

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