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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, September 14, 2013 - Birding & Breakfast at Connetquot Preserve

Recap by Ken Thompson

Saturday, September 14, 2013 we held the fall Birding and Breakfast at Connetquot State Park and Preserve. This is a cooperative effort between Connetquot State Park, The Friends of Connetquot and the Great South Bay Audubon Society. This has become quite a popular event, each time turning folks away.

We started with coffee and goodies while looking at an introductory birding presentation by park staff. Then we assigned three groups for walking with the different leaders. All three groups went to watch a release of Northern Bobwhite Quail as part of a Quail restoration program. While we were watching the release a Red Tailed hawk and a Coopers hawk made an appearance just to welcome us. Then the groups proceeded to different areas of the park to do some birding.

The weather was spectacular, Clear, cool sunny with little wind, an ideal day for a walk in the park. We totaled, across the three groups 31 species of birds. Everyone got some good looks at some of the birds. Some of the people in one of the groups managed to see a Red-headed Woodpecker., a spectacular bird. Everyone went home with memories of a nice walk in a great park and a great day and seeing some nice birds.

List of birds seen or heard

  1. Am. Robin
  2. American Goldfinch (heard)
  3. Belted Kingfisher
  4. Black-capped Chickadee
  5. Blue Jay
  6. Canada Goose
  7. Carolina Wren
  8. Cedar Waxwing
  9. Chipping Sparrow
  10. Common Grackle
  11. Common Yellowthroat
  1. Cooper’s Hawk
  2. DC Cormorant
  3. Eastern Phoebe
  4. Eastern Screech Owl (lecture guest)
  5. Eastern Towhee (most people heard only)
  6. Gadwall
  7. Gray Catbird
  8. Mallard
  9. Mourning Dove
  10. Mute Swan
  11. Northern Bobwhite (released)
  1. Northern Cardinal (heard)
  2. Northern Mockingbird
  3. Red-bellied Woodpecker (heard)
  4. Red-headed Woodpecker (seen only by 3 people)
  5. Red-tailed Hawk
  6. Song Sparrow
  7. Tree Swallow (heard)
  8. Tufted Titmouse (heard)
  9. Vireo species (very brief view but probably Red-eyed Vireo)

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