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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

Connnetquot River State Park Preserve Breakfast and Birding Recap

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - Birding & Breakfast at Connetquot Preserve

Recap by Edith Wilson

The morning of 4th May came clear and bright. Over forty people showed up at Connetquot Preserve to enjoy a delicious continental breakfast of bagels, cinnamon bread, assorted cakes, fruits and cheese, with beverages. The splendid repast was sponsored by the Friends of Connetquot with bagels and spreads donated by Melville Deli.

During our walk, the warm spring weather had many birds actively singing and flying out in the open in their efforts to establish or defend their nesting territories. The large number of bird enthusiasts was split into two groups to give everyone a chance to see resident and migrant birds encountered in the trails. A pair of Tufted Titmouse was observed gathering nesting material at the Hatchery area; all around us were the pleasant sounds of male Chipping Sparrow, Pine Warbler, Ovenbird, Eastern Towhee, and many others announcing their presence to females of their respective species. Below is a complete list of the thirty-nine birds seen (S) or only heard (H) by one or both groups.

  1. American Crow (S)
  2. American Goldfinch (S)
  3. American Robin (S)
  4. Baltimore Oriole (S)
  5. Barn Swallow (S)
  6. Black-and-white Warbler (S)
  7. Black-crowned Night Heron (S)
  8. Blue Jay (S)
  9. Blue-winged Warbler (H)
  10. Brown-headed Cowbird (S)
  11. Canada Goose (S)
  12. Chipping Sparrow (S)
  13. Common Grackle (S)
  1. Double Crested Cormorant (S)
  2. Downy Woodpecker (S)
  3. Eastern Bluebird (S)
  4. Eastern Phoebe (S)
  5. Eastern Towhee (H)
  6. European Starling (S)
  7. Great Egret (S)
  8. Herring Gull (S)
  9. House Wren (S)
  10. Mallard Duck (S)
  11. Mourning Dove (S)
  12. Mute Swan (S)
  13. Northern Cardinal (S)
  1. Northern Mockingbird (S)
  2. Osprey (S)
  3. Ovenbird (H)
  4. Pine Warbler (S)
  5. Red-bellied Woodpecker (H)
  6. Red-tailed Hawk (S)
  7. Red-winged Blackbird (S)
  8. Song Sparrow (S)
  9. Tree Swallow (S)
  10. Tufted Titmouse (S)
  11. Wild Turkey (S)
  12. Yellow Warbler (H)
  13. Yellow-throated Warbler (S)

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