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Flo McBride publishes a book on the Yale Peabody collection “The Birds of Connecticut”

The following article appeared in the Birding Community E-Bulletin,

https://www.refugeassociation.org/birding-community-e-bulletin. Reprinted with permission.”

Florence McBride has created two books to celebrate the “Birds of
Connecticut” exhibit at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. The
exhibit itself originally featured the brilliant taxidermist work of
David H. Parsons, who spent years preparing the mounts, revealing the
birds in natural positions and illustrating behavior as well as
essential field marks. With well over 300 specimens, the collection is a
guide to the birds of Connecticut as well as a brilliant work of art.

The project began in August 2019, when McBride learned that the museum
planned to eliminate this unique Connecticut exhibit. (Even these plans
have been short-circuited by Covid-19.) What Flo McBride did was
photograph all the species, and divide the exhibit into two digital
books, using the Shutterfly website.

Copies of both books will be placed in the Peabody’s archives and the
ornithology library, to document what McBride believes to be one of the
most important achievements of the museum’s staff, and one of the most
significant resources the Peabody offers to the public.

Anyone who would like to see a copy of one or both of the books on the
web can contact McBride at fmcb_warbler@yahoo.com and she will set up a

You can also download a short 27-page version of the book here:

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A Message from our Club President on Covid-19

Please see below an important message from DeWitt Allen, the President of the New Haven Bird Club:

1) In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and state and local orders for reducing its spread through social distancing, the New Haven Bird Club is canceling all events through June 30, 2020. This will include all scheduled field trips and walks, indoor meetings, and our annual Banquet in May.

The decision has not been made lightly, but out of concern for the health and safety of our members and the general public. The accumulating data about the rate of viral transmission suggest that we will need to maintain safety precautions for some time. Should the situation change radically for the better, however, we will consider adding a few walks and will announce these ahead of time.

2) Because we have canceled all scheduled activities for the most active months on our calendar, we have made another decision:

The Bird Club will automatically extend the membership of current Club members until the end of the 2020-2021 Club year, with no charge to you. We hope that you will continue to join us for indoor meetings and field trips as soon as it is safe to do so.

3) If you have any updates to your contact information that should be reflected in our next Yearbook, by June 15th please email changes to membership@newhavenbirdclub.org, or report changes online at our web site https://www.newhavenbirdclub.org (select join, update membership information).

Meantime the birds are out there in our yards and neighborhoods. They’re beginning spring migration and some are pairing up. Please enjoy them while following CDC recommendations for staying healthy and safe.

With best wishes,

DeWitt Allen

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Mega Bowl IV Results

Wow! We had a great day! Forty-seven birders organized themselves into thirteen teams and participated in the fourth annual Mega Bowl of Birding in New Haven County on Saturday, February 1st, 2020. We birded all over the county, from Southbury to Wallingford and Milford to Madison. Collectively, we recorded 120 species and amassed 272 points. The rarest sighting of the day was the YELLOW WARBLER found by the CT Young Birders Club Darth Waders at East Shore Park in New Haven. Other rarities included: Great Egret, Clapper Rail, House Wren, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Common Yellowthroat. Uncommon/nearly rare birds that were observed were: Greater White-fronted, Snow, and Cackling Goose, Canvasback, White-winged and Black Scoter, Ruddy Duck, Double-crested Cormorant, Black-bellied Plover, American Woodcock, Long-eared Owl, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Brown Creeper, Marsh Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Thrasher, Lapland Longspur, Pine Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird. The CYBC Darth Waders saw the most species and accumulated the most points for the fourth year in a row. Everyone had a great time and we all enjoyed the fine dinner and celebration at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby after the day of birding. Prizes were awarded to the winning team, the youngest and oldest participants, and the highest scoring team among the first-time participants. We anticipate another great event next year! Mark your calendars: Mega Bowl V will be held on Saturday, February 6th, 2021!

Chris Loscalzo

Mega Bowl Coordinator

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Results from the 2019 New Haven Christmas Bird Count

The 120th Annual New Haven Christmas Bird Count Summary

On December 14th, 2019, 73 members and friends of the New Haven Bird Club set out to record all of the birds within the boundary of the New Haven Christmas Count circle. The birders had to contend with a persistent light rain and intermittent fog. Finding birds was a challenge, but we birders are a hardy and determined lot and, collectively, we found lots of interesting and unusual species and performed the annual census thoroughly and well. We found a total of 124 species in the count circle on count day and added five more during the count week period. As always, our survey reveals trends in populations of the birds in our area in early winter. Unfortunately, there are more species that are in decline compared to species that are increasing in abundance. Species that are in decline include: Mute Swan, American Black Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Eastern Screech Owl, Monk Parakeet, American Crow, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Field Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird. Remarkably, we didn’t record a single Monk Parakeet on this year’s Christmas Count. About 20 years ago, our count had the distinction of recording more Monk Parakeets than any other count in the United States. The causes for this introduced species decline in our area are not known completely. Species that are increasing in abundance in our area include: Black Vulture, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Carolina Wren, and White-throated Sparrow. Notably, this year we recorded more Red-bellied Woodpeckers than Downy Woodpeckers for the first time in the history of the count. Sincere thanks are extended to all of the participants. Going out in the rain was a real show of dedication and perseverance. Hopefully, we’ll have better weather for the 2020 New Haven Christmas Count. It will be held on Saturday, December 19th. Mark your calendars!

The final results were (with rare birds in boldface): Greater White-fronted Goose, 1; Snow Goose, 1; Brant, 435; Canada Goose, 3136; Mute Swan, 41; Wood Duck, 47; Gadwall, 112; American Wigeon, 29; American Black Duck, 365; Mallard, 771; Northern Pintail, 1; Green-winged Teal, 20; Ring-necked Duck, 81; Greater Scaup, 1140; Lesser Scaup, 33; Common Eider, 1; Surf Scoter, 8; White-winged Scoter, 4; Black Scoter, 1; Long-tailed Duck, 115; Bufflehead, 231; Common Goldeneye, 114; Hooded Merganser, 220; Common Merganser, 22; Red-breasted Merganser, 118; Ruddy Duck, 1; Wild Turkey, 123; Red-throated Loon, 24; Common Loon, 35; Pied-billed Grebe, 1; Horned Grebe, 16; Great Blue Heron, 34; Black-crowned Night-heron, 1; Black Vulture, CW; Turkey Vulture, 8; Northern Harrier, 6; Sharp-shinned Hawk, 5; Cooper’s Hawk, 16; Bald Eagle, 5; Red-shouldered Hawk, 9; Red-tailed Hawk, 38; Clapper Rail, 3; Virginia Rail, 1; American Coot, 1; Killdeer, CW; American Oystercatcher, 1; Greater Yellowlegs, 1; Ruddy Turnstone, 3; Sanderling, 85; Dunlin, 16; Purple Sandpiper, 6; American Woodcock, 2; Ring-billed Gull, 1415; Herring Gull, 1438; Iceland Gull, 3; Great Black-backed Gull, 53; Rock Pigeon, 461; Mourning Dove, 567; Eastern Screech Owl, 2; Great Horned Owl, 2; Barred Owl, 3; Belted Kingfisher, 19; Red-bellied Woodpecker, 131; Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 7; Downy Woodpecker, 116; Hairy Woodpecker, 22; Northern Flicker, 59; Pileated Woodpecker, 2; Eastern Phoebe, 2; Blue-headed Vireo, 1; Merlin, 2; Peregrine Falcon, CW; Blue Jay, 553; American Crow, 648; Fish Crow, 283; crow, sp., 33; Common Raven, 12; Horned Lark, 48; Black-capped Chickadee, 153; Tufted Titmouse, 208; Red-breasted Nuthatch, 2; White-breasted Nuthatch, 73; Brown Creeper, 3; Winter Wren, 7; Marsh Wren, 3; Carolina Wren, 156; Golden-crowned Kinglet, 5; Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 9; Eastern Bluebird, 26; Hermit Thrush, 3; American Robin, 304; Gray Catbird, 11; Northern Mockingbird, 89; Brown Thrasher, 3; European Starling, 5007; Cedar Waxwing, 80; Orange-crowned, Warbler, 1; Yellow-rumped Warbler, 1; Pine Warbler, 3; Palm Warbler, 1; Common Yellowthroat, 1; Yellow-breasted Chat, 1; American Tree Sparrow, 75; Chipping Sparrow, 10; Field Sparrow, 17; Fox Sparrow, 9; Dark-eyed Junco, 581; White-throated Sparrow, 1044; White-crowned Sparrow, 3; Savannah Sparrow, 41; Song Sparrow, 564; Swamp Sparrow, 59; Eastern Towhee, 9; Lapland Longspur, 3; Northern Cardinal, 252; Red-winged Blackbird, 219; Eastern Meadowlark, 1; Rusty Blackbird, 23; Common Grackle, 657; Brown-headed Cowbird, 56; Baltimore Oriole, CW; House Finch, 156; Purple Finch, 2; Pine Siskin, CW; American Goldfinch, 162; House Sparrow, 656. Total Individuals: 24,120. Total Species: 124 + five count week species.

The participants were (with area captains in boldface): Marian Aimesbury, Dewitt Allen, Ralph Amodei, Christin Arnini, Mark Aronson, Dan Barvir, Bill Batsford, Larry Bausher, James Broatch, Stephen Broker, Lauren Brown, Michael Carpenter, Nancy Clark, Louisa Cunningham, John Farley, Michael Ferrari, Bobbie Fisher, Corrie Folsom-O’Keefe, James Froenza, Frank Gallo, Ed Haesche, Stacy Hanks, Eli Holton, Michael and Pat Horn, Gladys Horowitz, Christine Howe, James Hunter, Nord Isaacson, Lynn Jones, Tom Kelly, Acadia Kocher, Bernice Lattanzi, Pat Leahy, Carol and Gary Lemmon, Cody Limber, Alex Lin-Moore, Donna Lorello, Chris Loscalzo, Alan Malina, Frank Mantlik, Gail Martino, Steve Mayo, Flo McBride, Linda Meyer, Judy Moore, Gina Nichol, John Oshlick, Bev Propen, Frank and Nancy Ragusa, Daryl Rathburn, Brendan Reilly, Craig Repasz, Laurie Reynolds, Jason Rieger, Nancy Rosenbaum, Lee Schlesinger, Abby Sesselberg, James Sirch, Paul Smith, Nancy Specht, Charla and Steve Spector, Howie Sternberg, Maria Stockmal, John Triana, Severin Uebbing, Marianne Vahey, Lisa Wahle, Chris Woerner, Paul Wolter, and George Zepko.

Thanks to all of the participants!

Chris Loscalzo,
NH CBC Compiler

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All indoor programs will be held on the second Thursday of the month.  There are no indoor programs in June, July, or August. The social half-hour begins at 7:00 PM; the program at 7:30 PM.  Meetings are held at Whitney Center, Cultural Arts Center, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden (Directions).  The facility is wheelchair accessible.  For details on the indoor programs please click on the meetings or calendar page.

Field Trips

All levels of birders are invited to all field trips, and every effort is made on all trips to help beginning birders. If you are new to birding or have any special needs, please be sure to let the leader know at the start of the field trip.

For details on the field trips please see walks or calendar page which has details on all of the trips that will be offered by the NHBC in the upcoming year. More details, if required, and/or updates on these trips will be given at the indoor meetings and in the Club newsletter. You can check here too for trip information and watch for emails sent by the Club.

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