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Birding in Connecticut, a new book by Frank Gallo. BIRDING IN CONNECTICUT!
Special Spring Migration 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 to celebrate the release of Frank’s new book of the same name. Explore some of the popular Connecticut birding spots with the expert and discover the lesser known places!

Schedule (details below):     Click here to register>

  • CENTRAL CT SPECIALTIES, Thursday, May 24, 2018, 7:30 AM

  • QUINEBAUG FISH HATCHERY, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 7:30 AM

  • NEHANTIC, EAST LYME, HARTMAN PARK, Thurs., May 31, 2018, 7:30 AM

  • NW HIGHLANDS II, Litchfield County, Monday, June 4, 2018, 8 AM

  • NE HIGHLANDS, Boston Hollow, Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 8 AM

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. 
Click here to register>   Then follow up with full payment by check to
Sunrise Birding LLC, PO Box 274, Cos Cob, CT 06807 or via PayPal


Grasshopper Sparrow. Photo by Mark S. Szantyr.The Central CT Specialties Tour
Thursday, May 24, 2018 
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Meet at 7:30 in Bristol or
carpool from Milford at 6:30 a.m.

We will start out Central Connecticut Specialties Tour at the Hoppers in Bristol. The Hoppers, also known as Birdge Pond, is a little known site in Bristol that holds one of Connecticut’s largest breeding populations of Grasshopper Sparrows. Join Frank as we explore the preserve’s lovely fields, forests, and thickets in in search of these and other beauties. The Hoppers holds Savannah Sparrow, Bobolink, Eastern Towhee, and Brown Thrasher (some years). Other possibilities include Indigo Bunting, Prairie Warbler and Field Sparrows and many forest-loving species.

We have added a bonus site to our mid-state explorations: Just a few minutes south of Waterbury, Naugatuck State Forest, beside the Naugatuck River, hosts a nice diversity of habitats. This scenic site offers access to riverine forest and hemlock glens, old fields and mature hardwood stands. Late May is the prime time to explore for nesting specialties such as Acadian Flycatcher, Field Sparrow, Hooded, Prairie, Black-throated Blue and Black-throated Green Warblers. It’s also a good time for finding late migrants such as Mourning Warbler and Olive-sided Flycatcher. A small population of Whip-poor-wills breed here and rarities such as Clay-colored Sparrow has been seen. Great news - Naugatuck State Forest is Greg Hanisek’s local patch, and he will be joining us to explore it!

Grasshopper Sparrow. Photo by Mark S. Szantyr.


Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Photo by Gina Nichol.Southeast Interior
Quinebaug Fish Hatchery, Plainfield

Wednesday, May 30, 2018   
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Meet at parking lot #3 at 7:30 AM

The lovely Quinebaug Fish Hatchery, nestled between the Moosup and Quinebaug Rivers in Plainfield, is known as one of the regions prime birding locations. The hatchery's ponds, forests and fields, attract a wide variety of species, including uncommon breeders such as, White-eyed Vireo, Bank Swallow, both Black and Yellow-billed Cuckoos, American Kestrel, and such beauties at Indigo Bunting and Orchard Oriole. It's one of the few places in inland eastern Connecticut to see nesting Purple Martins. The many fish ponds attract herons, Belted Kingfisher, and waterfowl. It's also good place to find Indigo Buntings and late songbird migrants. Maybe we'll be treated to views of a Mourning Warbler - they migrate in June!

Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Photo by Gina Nichol.


Prairie Warbler. Photo by Steve Bird.Southeast Interior II
Nehantic State Forest, East Lyme & Hartman Park, Lyme
Thursday, May 31, 2018
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Meet location to be determined. 7:30 AM meet time.

The vast Nehantic State Forest is home to everything from Barred Owls to Acadian Flycatchers and Broad-winged Hawks to Black-billed Cuckoos. Hooded Warblers breed in its lowlands, and White-eyed Vireos in it's hedgerows. The list of breeding species includes such goodies as Wood and Hermit Thrushes, Worm-eating and Prairie Warblers, Louisiana and Northern Waterthrushes. It's a wonderful place to explore.

Nearby Hartman Park, is know for supporting a vibrant population of Cerulean Warblers, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Least Flycatchers, and White-eyed Vireos. It's power cut hosts nesting Prairie Warbler, Field Sparrow, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird. It's a place to find a Yellow-throated Vireo or a nesting Indigo Bunting. It's a lovely site and well worth a visit.

Prairie Warbler. Photo by Steve Bird.


Northwest Highlands II
River Road to Mohawk Mountain Tour

Monday, June 4, 2018     Click here to register>
Meet at: 8:00 at the start of the River Road in Kent

Black-throated Blue Warbler.We’ll begin our day exploring one of Connecticut’s premier inland sites, the River Road area in Kent, tucked within he 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 are 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 other species. Everything from Cliff Swallows to Common Raven occur; it’s a place where species such as Winter Wren, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, rub shoulders with their southern cousins such as Fish Crow (rare), Black Vulture.

After lunch in Kent (not included), we will visit 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. It’s black spruce bog gives us opportunities 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.


Northeast Highlands
Boston Hollow Area, Ashford

Tuesday, June 5, 2018         Click here to register>
Meet at Boston Hollow at 8 a.m. or Carpool from Milford at 6:15 a.m.

Blackburnian WarblerBoston Hollow in Ashford is a 2-mile-long ravine through Yale Forest lands. A small stream runs its length, shaded by hemlocks, with steep forested hills and scattered cliffs on either side. It is the place to hear and see such beauties as singing Winter Wrens, Canada Warblers, and Northern Waterthrushes. Black-throated Blue Warblers sing from its hillsides and Blackburnian and Black-throated Green Warblers reside in its hemlock groves. It’s a place where Common Ravens nest on the cliffs, and Broad-winged, Red-shouldered, and Cooper’s Hawks nest in its forests. Northern Goshawks even hunts the deep woods here.

A visit to Boston Hollow is a chance to explore lush northern forests rich with birdlife. It’s the only place in Connecticut that I’ve found Red Crossbill in June. It’s a place where Hermit Thrushes sing their ethereal song and Nashville Warblers have nested. Its Spruce stands may hold nesting Golden-crowned Kinglet or Magnolia Warbler. Evidence of Pileated Woodpeckers can be found throughout the hollow, and Least Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo, and Brown Creeper are heard along much of its length. It’s a beautiful place to explore.

After lunch, time permitting, we’ll visit other local sites.


MORE DETAILS:
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 reqistration 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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