CYBC meeting and Greenwich field trip

Today was the February meeting of the Connecticut Young Birders Club.  At the meeting in the Greenwich Audubon Center we discussed multiple topics, including positions, field trips, the new Logo, and the prospect of the World Series of Birding.  Our new President is Alex Burdo (see his blog here) and our new online coordinator is James Purcell.  Congrats to both of them.  I am also looking forward to all of our newly planned trips, which promise some outstanding birds.  And as for the club doing the World Series, we’re working on it….

We then continued on to Greenwich point.  Searching turned up a nesting Great-horned Owl.  Can’t wait to see the chicks…

A Great-horned Owl on it's nest

As we approached the shoreline a flock of about a thousand Greater Scaup was quite obvious, and we spent some time marveling at it.

An oil spill of Scaup...

As we were looking at the scaup, a flock of Common Redpolls flew over, calling.  Running to the place where they had gone down, we searched in vain for a while, but couldn’t turn them up.  But most of us saw them flyover, at least.  Hopes of seeing them at the feeder were also wrong, but some Red-winged Blackbirds and a American Tree Sparrow were hanging around, plus the regular feeder birds.

A Northern Cardinal and a Red-winged Blackbird. The Blackbird is a real sign of Spring

We then quickly swung by Grass Island, where we saw Ruddy Ducks and 2 Bonaparte’s Gulls, plus Lesser Scaup and Bufflehead.  Overall it was not a far trip, but it was a nice morning watching some great local birds and being with the other young birders.

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