There is a Baltimore Oriole nest at McCuen Slang. It is in a lower branch
in the cottonwood next to the boat launch. Previous visits verified the nest
was being tended (adult male bringing food to the nest.) On Sunday the nest
was obviously vacant and somewhat torn, so hopefully the young were fledged.
I did see one Oriole then but he was back by the entrance.
In a message dated 7/5/2006 8:23:32 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
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At the Helen Bruckner Preserve in West Haven, Monday morning:
Tim's trail: several singing Prairie Warblers
Indigo Buntings with fledgling young Yellow-throated Vireos
Pied-billed Grebe (calling from the nearby cattail marsh)
Peregrine Falcons (fiercely harassing passing Ravens and Turkey Vultures)
Sara Bacher Trail (near the Galick Farmstead):
Heard then saw Yellow-billed Cuckoo (which was extremely obliging,
offering several long, unobstructed views)
Last Saturday at Mcuen Slang and Whitney Creek:
Fledgling Yellow and Black-and-White Warblers and their doting parents
Am. Redstart however, absolutely NO orioles whatsoever...my target
birds...has anyone else had a similar experience?
At Whitney Creek I had 2 (?) of what I'm pretty sure were Red-bellied
Woodpeckers...Heard their purring QUIRRR, had a couple flyovers, and
caught a fleeting glimpse of red on a bird that was otherwise rendered
a silhouette by the bright sun behind him. Does anyone know if
Red-bellied's are distinctive in flight? What I saw from below was a
relatively broad-winged, shortish-tailed (for a woodpecker), and
large-headed bird, about the size of a Flicker, that seemed to glance
about as it flew by, a behavior I've never witnessed in a woodpecker.
From field experience, are any of these features characteristic of
NO orioles whatsoever at the slang