Bird Walks & Events  — 2024

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June 8, 2024
Saturday
Event: Litchfield Marketplace Arts & Crafts Fair

Visiting the fair? Stop by at the LHAS table on the Litchfield Green.

June 8-9, 2024
Saturday-Sunday
Event: Annual Summer Bird Count

The count can be done on one day or spread over both days.The results are sent to the Connecticut Ornithological Association.

 

If you want to participate, send an email to Dave Tripp at dtrippjr@gmail.com.

June 15, 2024
Saturday, 7:30 a.m.
Event: Bird Walk at Goshen Land Trust

Join Ann Orsillo for this walk.Directions: From Pie Hill Road opposite the Goshen fairgrounds on Route 63 north: Drive 1 mile to the bridge on Pie Hill Road.Bring binoculars, water, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen and sturdy hiking shoes.

 

Please contact Ann at spoonbill@optonline.net for additional information and directions if needed.

June 21, 2024
Friday, 4-6 p.m..
Event: Join the Celebration at The Station’s Open House

Enjoy refreshments and entertainment while checking out the offices at The Station, 28 Russell Street, Litchfield. The Litchfield Land Trust recently completed the renovation of the building, which now houses their offices, as well as those of LHAS, Rivers Alliance of Connecticut, the Litchfield Housing Trust, and Friends of the Litchfield Greenway.

June 25, 2024
Tuesday, 9:00 a.m..
Event: Paddling Trip at Mohawk Pond in Cornwall

Please contact Ann Orsillo at 910-880-1518 or Pam Hicks at 203-922-2684 for additional information and directions if needed. Bring your own kayak or canoe, PFD, water, snacks, binoculars, sunscreen, and a towel.

June 30, 2024
Sunday, 9:30 a.m..
Event: Birding and Picnic at Shepaug Dam

Join us for a birdwalk and picnic at Southbury’s Shepaug Dam Bald Eagle Viewing Area. Grassy areas offer Savannah Sparrows, plus bird houses with bluebirds and Tree Swallows. Powerline cuts and shrubby edges harbor Field Sparrows, Indigo Buntings, Prairie Warblers, and perhaps a towhee or two. Lake Zoar (above the dam) has breeding Common Mergansers, Spotted Sandpipers, Orchard Orioles, and other treats — Great Blue Herons, Ospreys, Bald Eagles, and Black-crowned Night Herons. Shepaug Dam hosts a thriving Cliff Swallow colony as well as resident ravens and a Peregrine Falcon. Above it, Gulls, Ducks, and Cormorants hold forth. Other birds we might see in this mix of habitats: Black Duck, Pine Warbler, Carolina Wren, Black Vulture, and various hawks.

 

For the picnic: Bring your own food, beverage, and utensils. Be ready for a brief uphill walk to the picnic area above the dam.

 

Meet at the visitor parking area below Shepaug Dam on River Road. Directions: Since the usual River Road access is closed due to washout, we need to go this way: Take Route 6 to Route 67 in Southbury; turn right onto Route 67. Go about 3 miles and turn left onto Route 122 (South Britain Road). Pass Southbury Training School and continue into South Britain. At the South Britain General Store, turn right onto East Flat Hill Road and follow it past Bent of the River Audubon Center.Stay on East Flat Hill Road to its end at Purchase Brook Road (about 2 miles). Go left on Purchase Brook Road, pass Waldo State Park, and go all the way to the end at River Road near Mitchell Farm. Turn right on River Road to the visitor parking area below the dam inside the entrance gate.