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Visit our blog frequently to keep up to date with everything happening at the Connecticut Ornithological Association as well as Connecticut birds and birding. You will find more information on events, publications, educational opportunities, conservation issues plus photos and videos of rare or memorable birds seen by our members.

2017 Fall COA Bulletin Available

Posted by on Sep 2, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The 2017 Fall COA Bulletin is now available to download here (PDF file). Be sure to check out the COA Bulletin archives here.

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2017 COA Shorebird Workshop – Results

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

8/19. Thirty five birders participated in the annual COA Shorebird Workshop in Milford and Stratford. Following an illustrated lecture on shorebird identification by Frank Gallo and Patrick Comins at CT Audubon’s Coastal Center, the group walked the beachside sandbar. Common species were well studied, including Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plovers, and Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. The biggest surprise was a calling Solitary Sandpiper that briefly landed on the sandbar; this a species very uncommon along the sandy beach. Other...

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Bridled Tern

Posted by on Aug 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Bridled Tern

These Bridled Tern photos were taken by me at Falkner Is., Guilford, CT on 31 July 2017. This extreme CT rarity was present there from July 28 (found by tern researchers Cedric Duhalde and James Heuschkel) – seen almost daily – through it’s last sighting on Aug 11. The island, home of a large, protected tern nesting colony located 3.5 miles off the coast, is part of the Stewart B. McKinney NWR.  Access is very limited (no landing is permitted), and a boat is needed to reach the island. Despite this, many birders found ways –...

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COA Shorebird Workshop – August 19

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

COA Shorebird Workshop Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at 7:30 am CT Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point, Milford and Audubon Connecticut at Stratford Point, Stratford Sharpen your shorebird identification skills at two of the best places to see shorebirds in the state. There will be an indoor presentation followed by outdoor field study. The event is co-sponsored by COA, Audubon Connecticut and Connecticut Audubon Society. Meet at the coastal center parking lot. High tide is at 10:00 am. Bring a scope if you have one. Wear waterproof...

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Twenty-second ARCC Report

Posted by on May 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Below is the recently published 22nd ARCC report – please see all previous ARCC reports on this page. By Jay Kaplan and Greg Hanisek This is the Twenty-second Report of the Avian Records Committee of Connecticut (ARCC).  The Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) checklist for Connecticut Birds has been updated and is now in print form as well as available on the COA web site.  The Connecticut review list has also been updated and Swainson’s Hawk has been returned to the list as this species is no longer appearing in the state on...

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