Field Orno Forest Birds- Great Pond State Forest Simsbury, CT

This has been the best spot for birding I have been to so far. It was a mixed forest with large patches of pure conifers and large patches of mostly deciduous. There was also a power line running through with some grassland birds and plenty of wetland around the pond. I found an insane amount of species due to this large variety of habitat with the help of a friendly birder whose name I didn't catch. I arrived at 7:00 AM and left at 12:15 AM. It was sunny all day and the temperature started at 55 degrees F and rose to about 62 degrees F by the time I left. We started by walking the loop around the pond, where I found plenty of warbler, vireo, and woodpecker species. There were spots along the trail that led to the water. These areas are where I found swallows, flycatchers, and Red-winged Blackbirds. About halfway through the loop we took a break and watched a Great Blue Heron fish for a while and found a male Wood Duck when it emerged from behind some reeds. The birder ran into my dad and I multiple times as he was chasing certain birds around and would point out species such as the Northern Parula and some of the warblers and help me tell the difference between similar ones like the vireos. As I went to leave he told me that another way from the entrance led to the powerlines and then to another swatch of forests that was good for Scarlet Tanagers. This is also where I found the Veery and the Ruby-crowned Kinglet. On the way back we had to walk along the powerline and found the Eastern Meadowlark and the Red-tailed Hawks. Really the only negative was the obscene amount of chipmunks that just start screaming if you come within 20 feet of them, which apparently wasn't specific to this area. 10/10 would come back and I would recommend this spot to anyone in the area.

Posted by jrose489 jrose489, May 20, 2020 21:37

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Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea

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jrose489

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May 20, 2020

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Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina

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May 20, 2020

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Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus

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May 20, 2020

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American Robin Turdus migratorius

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May 20, 2020

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Canada Goose Branta canadensis

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May 20, 2020

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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

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May 20, 2020

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Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens

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May 20, 2020

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Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla

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May 20, 2020

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Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus

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May 20, 2020

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

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May 20, 2020

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Black-throated Green Warbler Setophaga virens

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May 20, 2020

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Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca

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May 20, 2020

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Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus

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May 20, 2020

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American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla

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May 20, 2020

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Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis

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May 20, 2020

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Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis

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May 20, 2020

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White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis

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May 20, 2020

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

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May 20, 2020

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Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus

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May 20, 2020

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Northern Parula Setophaga americana

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May 20, 2020

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Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

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May 20, 2020

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Wood Duck Aix sponsa

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May 20, 2020

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Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius

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May 20, 2020

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Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

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May 20, 2020

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Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

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May 20, 2020

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Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

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May 20, 2020

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Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

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May 20, 2020

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Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus

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May 20, 2020

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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

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May 20, 2020

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Veery Catharus fuscescens

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May 20, 2020

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Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia

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May 20, 2020

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Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

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May 20, 2020

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Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

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May 20, 2020

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Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

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May 20, 2020

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Magnolia Warbler Setophaga magnolia

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May 20, 2020

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Hooded Warbler Setophaga citrina

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May 20, 2020

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Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna

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May 20, 2020

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