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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.

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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Summer 2017 COA Bulletin

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

You can now download the Summer 2017 issue of the COA Bulletin in PDF form. Be sure to check out the COA Bulletin archives here.

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Silver Sands Status Update

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

SILVER SANDS STATUS UPDATE Changes made to the final version of the plan as a result of public comment, consultation with staff, and permit condition requirements: Eliminated paving in the overflow lot referred to by some as the ‘sparrow lanes’ Eliminate the reconfigured paved parking to the west of the paved parking lot and limit that to regrading to provide more positive drainage to the existing swales, and preserving the wildlife habitat value of that area. Some minimal drainage improvements will be made, and the area will remain natural...

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