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Birding in Connecticut, a new book by Frank Gallo. BIRDING IN CONNECTICUT!
Field Trip Series!

Join Frank Gallo and explore key and lesser known birding sights around Connecticut as part of our Birding in Connecticut Spring Field Trip Series. Explore some of the popular Connecticut birding spots with the expert and discover the lesser known places! Our first trips this year will again be to the Northwest and Northeast Highlands in search of northern nesting species, including Northern Waterthrush, Cerulean, Blackburnian, Canada and other warblers, Winter Wren, Blue-headed and other vireos, and woodpeckers such as Pileated and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. Frank has added a great trip to Barn Island, Stonington this year.

Cost per session:  
$55 per person, advance registration.   ($65 the day of the trip, cash).
Preregistration and advance payment is required to hold your space. 
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Sunrise Birding LLC, PO Box 274, Cos Cob, CT 06807 or via PayPal

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  • Northwest Highlands I: River Road to Mohawk Mountain Tour
    Saturday, May 25, 2019. Meet 8 a.m. at the start of the River Road, Kent, where the road first turns to dirt. Park at the roadside.

  • Barn Island Wildlife Management Area
    Sunday, May 26, 2019. Two times: 8 a.m. or 4:30 p.m.

Northwest Highlands I:
River Road to Mohawk Mountain Tour

Saturday, May 25, 2019
Meet 8 a.m. at the start of the River Road, Kent, where the road first turns to dirt. Park at the roadside.
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We’ll begin our day exploring one of Connecticut’s premier inland sites the River Road area in Kent, which is tucked within the Housatonic Valley in Connecticut’s heavily forested northwest highlands. This area adjacent to the Housatonic River is uniquely situated between steep-sloped forested ridgelines and moist riparian woodlands. The river and ridgelines create a major north-south migration corridor for birds. Within this vast and largely undeveloped region is a mosaic of numerous microhabitats which support a rich variety of birds, including such less common and local nesters as Cerulean, Hooded, Canada and Prairie Warblers, and a fine array of other species. Everything from Cliff Swallows to Common Ravens occurs here; it’s a place where species such as Winter Wren and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker rub shoulders with their southern cousins, Acadian Flycatchers and Black Vulture. Frank will introduce you to many of the little known birding sites within the region that are often not visited on standard trips.

After lunch in Kent (not included), we will head to Cornwall’s incredible Mohawk Mountain. The park holds a nice array of northern breeding birds, including Red-breasted Nuthatch, Purple Finch, Yellow-rumped, Blackburnian, Black-throated Blue and Black-throated Green Warblers, with the possibility of Brown Creeper and Hermit Thrush, and many other species. Access to its black spruce bog gives us great chances for finding such treasures as breeding Canada Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, and Winter Wren. It’s an incredibly rich area. Come explore it with us.
This is a wonderful day of birding. The River Road alone can produce 90 species of birds in a day. Imagine what we’ll discover.

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Barn Island Wildlife Management Area, Stonington
Sunday, May 26, 2019
Two times: 8 a.m. or 4:30 p.m.
Directions will be provided
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Over the years, the vast fresh and saltwater impoundments and upland forested islands at Barn Island Wildlife Management have attracted nearly 300 species of birds, including many rarities. Birders often think of Barn Island as a site to see Glossy Ibis and a wide variety of herons and egrets, shorebirds, and rails, but it is also an important stopover site for migrant songbirds, and provides breeding habitat for a number of less coming nesting shrubland species, including White-eyed Vireo, Brown Thrasher, and occasionally, Yellow-breasted Chat. Marsh Wren, Savannah, Seaside, and Saltmarsh Sparrows, Bank Swallow, and Eastern Towhee also breed here. Join Frank for a day exploring the many trails, forests, marshes and fields of this wonderful preserve. This is a fun place to go birding. Whip-poor-will has nested, and the afternoon group will try for them at dusk. Meet at the main parking area. (Directions will be provided).

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A confirmation and directions will be emailed a few days prior to the trip. Please review and accept our terms and conditions> prior to registering.  Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather, bring binoculars, and any other personal necessities.

About Sunrise Birding LLC Field Trips:

  • Preregistration is required for all programs.
  • Please review the Terms and Conditions prior to registering. 
  • First time attendees will be required to submit a signed copy of the Terms & Conditions.
  • Advance registration and payment are required.  Cash or check accepted.
  • Walks take place entirely outdoors. Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Sanitary facilities may not be readily available.
  • Trails may be over uneven ground and bathroom facilities may not be available. Plan to be out in the field for 2 to 3 hours for local birds walks and longer for workshops and day trips.
  • Though not particularly strenuous, these programs are intended for persons in reasonably good health and physical condition. Participants must be capable of walking over uneven terrain.
  • Footwear should be sturdy. Terrain may be muddy and wet. Footwear should be appropriate for such conditions.
  • Be sure to bring any personal necessities such as sunscreen, insect repellent, and drinking water.
  • Bring binoculars! Participants must supply their own but if you don't have any, please say so ahead of time and we may be able to loan you a pair!
  • Spotting scopes are recommended as they can be very useful for studying birds at a distance.

Cancellations and Refunds: All cancellations must be made in writing. In the event that you must cancel your booking at any stage, all payments you have made to Sunrise Birding, LLC will be retained by us, except at our discretion. You may have the opportunity to transfer your booking to another tour or another person, provided you are unavoidably prevented from coming on the tour. In this case, you will bear any extra costs that such changes may incur. There are no refunds once the trip is confirmed to go ahead and no refunds will be made for unused meals, transportation, or other trip features. Sunrise Birding, LLC cannot accept liability for airline cancellations or delays or penalties incurred by the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for this tour.

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