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Big January 2017 Connecticut Results One of the most exciting beginnings of a birder’s New Year is starting a new list of bird species seen for the upcoming 12 months. Some people step this up a level by participating in the BIG JANUARY competition, a friendly and fun game to see who can spot the most Connecticut species during the month. Instead of partying New Year’s Eve till the ball drops, some anxious birders will head out pre-dawn on Jan 1st searching for owls to start their new year list. With the aid of Internet list-serves, eBird,...read more
HAS’s First “Big January” March 14, 2017 For most Connecticut residents, January is a cold, blustery time to stay indoors, curl up in a warm spot, and await better weather. But for Connecticut’s birdwatching community, January offers the opportunity to seek out our winter bird species. This year the Hartford Audubon Society (HAS) offered its first “Big January” birding challenge: to identify as many species of wild birds in Hartford County as possible. The idea arose from the CT Ornithological’s longtime Connecticut January birding challenge,...read more
Gull Workshop Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 8:00 am Stratford Point, Stratford Join us as we look for and learn about the gulls of Connecticut. Patrick Comins will share his considerable knowledge about how to identify members of this extraordinarily challenging group of birds. We’ll look for gulls along the shore and have a sit down session where we’ll go over the finer points of gull ID. This is a good time of year to find rarities, such as Black-headed, Little, and Mew Gulls. We may visit other sites such as Long Beach in Stratford, Seaside...read more
You can now download the Spring 2017 issue of the COA Bulletin in PDF form. Be sure to check out the COA Bulletin archives here. Additionally, all past issues of The Connecticut Warbler from volumes 1-35 have been indexed and are available here.read more
Note: COA Annual Meeting registrations are now full and closed! We will honor registrations mailed with March 11th postmark or earlier. No walk-ins will be allowed. The Connecticut Ornithological Association’s 33rd Annual Meeting is being held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Middlesex Community College, Middletown. Guest speakers include David Alan Sibley, William Burt, and John Kricher. Please see the 2017 COA Annual Meeting agenda here. COA will be offering a new hat at the upcoming annual meeting. The embroidered CT Warbler design...read more