Bird Food For People™ ~ Hadlyme Country Market

Hadlyme Country Market. Hadlyme, CT 12/2/13. iPhone ©Mardi Welch Dickinson /KymryGroup.   All Rights Reserved.

Hadlyme Country Market. Hadlyme, CT on 12/2/13. iPhone ©Mardi Welch Dickinson /KymryGroup.
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Hadlyme Country Market is a great stop to make before you head down to see the Fork-tailed Flycatcher at the Healyme Ferry landing parking lot. They have made to order sandwiches, homemade soups and stews along with a variety of salads including many other wonderful eats. Of course this is a great place to stop at anytime and even on your way back home.

We had the pleasure of meeting one of the Co-owner, Lisa Bakiledis, who came down with her daughter to see what all the interest was about. This was a great opportunity to invite them to look through my scope and binoculars and to educate them with glee, on how and why this wonderful fork-tailed flycatcher was visiting their part of Connecticut.   At the end of the day on our way out we stopped by the market as we were starving from a great day of seeing the Fork-tailed Flycatcher. We had the homemade Chicken stew that was wonderful and hot! A great end to a wonderful day. Map location. 

Mon – Sun: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

1 Ferry Road (Route 148)

Hadlyme, CT 06439

860-526-3188

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Hadlyme Country Market Map

Hadlyme Country Market Map

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Hadlyme, CT Fork-tailed Flycatcher; A Wrong Way Corrigan?

Fork-tailed Flycather, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT.  ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT.  ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Jeff Feldmann discovers this beautiful rare Fork-tailed Flycatcher in a parking lot near the Hadlyme Ferry in Connecticut.  Jeff is an expert kayaker and photographer and often take photographs of birds from his kayak.

Fork-tailed Flycather, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

  In Jeff Feldmann’s own words, here is how the story unfolds. 

“First sighting of this bird, happened about noon, on November 30, 2013. I had just returned from kayaking in Whale Bone Creek. I was loading the kayak on the car and spotted a bird, that I first thought was an Eastern Kingbird. I was on the Hadlyme side of the Chester/Hadlyme ferry, in a parking lot, just below Gillette’s Castle. As I got ready to get on the ferry, I noticed two of people looking in the same direction. I stopped to ask about the Kingbird and they thought it could be something different. This time I used my binoculars and saw the long tail. Still not knowing what it was, I decided to photograph it. I only had a 24-70 lens on my camera, so getting a close shot, meant getting close to the bird. So I walked around and over the icy kettle marsh (nearly falling in) and managed to get 4 photos. The time on the photos is: 12:11pm….. It wasn’t until several hours later, that I decided to take the photos from the card, that I discovered that I needed to get in touch with Mona Cavallero ( my “go to” birder /friend from the Hartford Audubon Society club) to see what I had photographed. Mona identified the bird as a Fork Tailed Flycatcher from the photos and informed me ASAP and also confirmed the ID with Paul Desjardins also from the Hartford Audubon. The information about the bird was then immediately posted to CT Birds.”

Fork-tailed Flycather, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

The Fork-tailed Flycatcher is certainly not an expected bird is Southern New England in the late fall. Normally this bird never enters the United States. However the southern most populations of this South and Central American flycatcher, with 4 subspecies types, are migratory and although highly unusual, most sightings of this bird are in the North East in late fall, around the time one would expect the migratory population to migrate south for the southern summer. It has been postulated that if one could examine the brain of these birds, we might find the internal migratory compass 180 degrees off, so instead of flying 2000 miles south it flew 2000 miles north. It is the same distance, just the wrong direction.

Fork-tailed Flycather, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

It was interesting to watch the bird. It flew up to Pokeberry and picked off fruits while hovering. At times while roosting, we watched the FTF cough up, one after another; small, hard, round objects that were likely Pokeberry seeds left after the flesh was digested. The sun was not out when we arrived, it spent much time at roost looking about for insects, but it only rarely sallied forth after flying insects. It spent more of this time making trips to the pokeberries than fly catching. At times it would dart some distance away and occasionally it would disappear entirely. Other times it would fly over birders heads and land on a low post 10 feet away.  Later in the after noon as it warmed up to almost 40F, it spent more time higher up in the canopy actively fly catching. In the late afternoon as it was sallying in a relatively small area in the high limbs of an oak, where I observed a small swarm of small insects among the high branches, and this clearly seemed to be the prey item for these efforts.

Fork-tailed Flycather, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

I have no opinion as to which subspecies of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher this is. It seems likely that it could be a migratory population. It’s fly catching skills and fruit eating ability undoubtedly will keep it alive for a while, but it is unlikely that it will remain in the area alive through the winter as it is unlikely there will be any insects or fruit left to forage upon.

Authors Note: A personnal thanks goes to Jeff Feldmann for discovering this beautiful Fork-tailed Flycatcher this year in Connecticut., And to Mona Cavallero for her incredable quick response in verifying the FTFLY. Then getting the Rare Bird Alert out to the entire CT birding community and beyond, through the CT birding list. THANK YOU for sharing this wonderful sighting with us all!

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Fork-Tailed Flycatcher Hadlyme Ferry CT Directions

Fork-tailed Flycather, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Fork-tailed Flycather, vagrant, late fall, Hadlyme, CT. Dec 2, 2013. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

FORK-TAIL FLYCATCHER is on the EAST SIDE of Hadlyme Connecticut  NOT the side of Chester. Address: 154 Ferry Road, Lyme, CT 06371.

Directions Below:

CT I-95 East  

EXIT 70 

1) Turn Left onto Route 156 and stay on this that also turns into Neck Road, then Hamberg Road to end. 

2) Turn Left onto Route 82 that also turns into Norwich Salem Road, then Ferry Road to end. 

3) Turn left at Ferry Road / Route 431 / Geer Hill Road to Hadlyme Ferry Boat Launch. 154 Ferry Road.

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Happy Thanksgiving 2013

Turkey, late spring, backyard, East Norwalk, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Turkey, late spring, backyard, East Norwalk, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Mardi & Townsend

All Things Bright And Beautiful Hymn Click this

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all

The purple-headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning,
That brightens up the sky;

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one;

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all

The tall trees in the greenwood,
The meadows for our play,
The rushes by the water,
To gather every day;

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

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Christmas Bird Count Attire

Mardi Dickinson scoping for winter birds. Cove Place area beach, Stratford, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Mardi Dickinson scoping for winter sea ducks with Leica APO Televid 77 Angeled Spotting Scope w eyepiece 32X WW. Cove Place beach, Stratford, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Have you thought about what you are going to wear on your CBC and this winter? Well you need to start, because the elements can be brutal and certainly taxing on your body. If your not dressed properly you are going to get cold the minute you step foot outside and promptly go home.

I would rather have to unzip or open up a layer to cool off than to be cold at anytime, anywhere on my body in winter outside!  If you don’t stay warm & dry all over, then something is not working the way it should be in the system that you have and wear. Layering is the key but done properly so as to keep warm and dry. In the photos the outfit I am wearing, I have NEVER been cold once.

Some of it I mix and match of what and how long of a day I am spending outdoors. Including just how cold it is out and what type of adventure I am going on. My suggestions below will keep you warm and dry but at a price when all is said and done. You won’t have to buy again unless your still young and growing. That is worth it to me for all the times I spent money on gear that just didn’t work at all. Buy once and be done with it!

These suggestions are geared to outdoor activities who are out in the elements all day or standing around for long periods of time waiting for something to happen.

Additional Gear click here. Winter Gear                                                                       Information on: Westport CT Christmas Bird Count 2013                                                       And Backyard Feeder Form 

Mardi Dickinson photographing Sankaty Head lighthouse January 2010. Nantucket Island MA. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

Mardi Dickinson photographing & birding at Sankaty Head lighthouse January 2010. Nantucket Island MA. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

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Backyard Birds Feeder Form 2013

Northern Cardinal, Winter snow storm, Norwalk, CT. ©Townsend P. Dickinson. All Rights Reserved.

COUNT ME IF YOU CAN…..

Join in the fun and help us count for the Westport CT CBC Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, December 15, 2013., how many birds you might see in your own Backyard Bird Feeder. Some birders choose to stay home instead of going out into the field. You too can participate by observing your backyard bird feeders and counting local visitors in the comfort and warmth of your own home drinking Hot Chocolate. These counts have certain guidelines but are a welcome and very important addition, to the science that 114 years of continuous data collection is done and supported by the National Audubon Society.

Feel free to print out the Feeder list below or email me at mardi1d@gmail.com and I will send you a PDF copy. This Feeder Form applies only to the Westport CBC Count Circle. For detailed information about the Westport CT CBC Christmas Bird Count Click here. Westport CT Christmas Bird Count 2013

Westport CT Backyard Feeder Form 2013

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