Here is the email sent out to our yahoogroups domain. Hope you can join us!
James Purcell and I are leading our first October trip on Sunday, October 9th to the Pine Creek Open Space in Fairfield and Grace Richardson Christmas Tree Farm (which we visited in March) right over the border in Westport. The trip begins at 8 o’clock at the Tree Farm. We will spend an hour there before continuing to Pine Creek, where the birding will be a couple hours long. We then have the option of hitting another spot in the Fairfield area (such as the Birdcraft Sanctuary, Ash Creek/Jennings Beach Plot, Hoyden’s Hill or another) or just wrapping up the day.
Because we will not have the van available to us, we will be carpooling. If anyone has a parent who is willing to carpool and join us, that would work. I know Brendan’s dad will be on the trip. NOW, I just want to make it clear that if a rarity shows up in our area we can totally take a vote to go and chase it or do this.
If you have any doubts about going, hopefully this will clear it up:
James and i have birded Pine Creek quite a bit in the past two weeks, with our three biggest highlights being: DICKCISSEL, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO. We’ve also seen four species of vireo (incl. YT and Philly) and around 15 species of warbler as well as some other awesome highlights including Scarlet Tanager, Little Blue Heron and Northern Harrier. The ninth is also around the time when we start seeing Lincoln’s and White-crowned Sparrows at Pine Creek and Clay-colored has been seen there in the past.
The Christmas Tree Farm has also been hopping in the past few days. Highlights of Tina Green and Frank Mantlik’s visits have included: 3 DICKCISSEL, 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS, a few LINCOLN’S SPARROWS as well as Brown Thrasher, numerous warblers and vireos, AmKestrel and others.
So, it is URGENT that you RSVP to me ASAP!! WE WILL GO NO MATTER WHAT!!!!! PLEASE DON’T MISS OUT ON WHAT SHOULD BE A FANTASTIC TRIP!