Join Larry Fischer, a licensed bird bander and raptor, at the orchard section of the Aspetuck Land Trust's Trout Brook Valley Conservation Area Saturday, September 21st for a hawk talk followed by our walk through the orchard. Larry is a federally licensed raptor bander who has been banding hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles for more than 30 years, working independently as well as with the CT DEEP and the U.S. Dept. of the Interior.
The orchard, along with a connected farm and grasslands habitat, is one of the largest blocks of open habitat in the state and even region, bringing in specific birds that fit the land, such as Field and Savannah Sparrows, Indigo Bunting, Eastern Meadowlark, American Pipit, Bobolink, Eastern Bluebird, and many more in every season. This area also pulls in many raptors of open habitats and forest edges as they migrate during the fall, sometimes holding dozens and dozens of birds. During this event Larry will attempt to capture a couple of raptors to band and show the group close up before releasing them back into the orchard.
Open to the Public, RSVP Requested. Maximum 25.
Directions and Parking: Rte. 58 (Black Rock Tpke) past Bluebird Restaurant to Freeborn Rd.
Turn left on Freeborn. When woods stop on left (first house lot) look to right, there will be a dirt road thru the woods. Park on Freeborn Road and walk up the dirt access road thru the first gate to the blueberry patch, approximately 1/2 mile.