Litchfield Hills Audubon Society
P. O. Box 861
Litchfield, CT 06759-0861

Bad weather? Our meeting and event cancellations
or postponements are broadcast on WFSB TV Channel 3
 in Hartford and on radio station WZBG at 97.3 FM.

Unless otherwise indicated, General Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month
in the Learning Cnter at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road (Rt. 202), Litchfield, CT.
When the first Monday of the month falls on a holiday, the meeting is held on the second Monday.
Refreshments are served at 7 p.m.  The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. and the program follows.

The April and October meetings are Potluck Dinners starting at 6:30 p.m.
The June meeting is the Annual Meeting and Dinner held at a local restaurant; it begins at 6 p.m.
Our August meeting is the annual Picnic at Boyd Woods Sanctuary; it begins at 6 p.m.
Board of Directors Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every other month
at 7:15 p.m. in the Education Room at the Litchfield Community Center.

A History of the Christmas Bird Count
(rescheduled from December)
Monday, January 7 ~ 7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
LHAS member Ray Belding, in his usual jovial style, will tell us about
the history of the CBC, starting with its inception by National Audubon
and covering LHAS's participation in the count since the mid-1950s.
Ray has been involved with the CBC for more than 40 years.

Cuban Odyssey
Monday, February 4 ~ 7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
Last January Angela Dimmitt traveled to Cuba with a group
in a program managed by the Caribbean Conservation Trust.
Their mission was to study the 25 endemic bird species found
only on the island. Under the direction of an official government
guide as well as local scientists and naturalists, the group
traveled to different parts of the island where these species
were most likely to be found. Angela says it was “totally
fascinating learning about Cuban culture
and life, and the birding was superb!”

Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
Monday, March 4 ~ 7:00 pm
Litchfield Community Center
World-traveler Gina Nichols of Sunrise Birding returns
with another tantalizing program. With 330 species
known in the world, hummingbirds are the second largest
family of birds after flycatchers. These tiny aeronautic marvels
have the ability to hover, fly backward, and migrate long distances.
The physiological capacity of hummingbirds to raise and lower
their heart rate and body temperature to survive cold nights
is unmatched in the animal world. This program illustrates
the amazing adaptations of these glittering gems and describes
their fascinating life histories. Vivid photographs of hummingbirds
in the United States, Costa Rica, and Ecuador tell the story
of how these birds survive in habitats that range from
tropical forests to the forests of the Andes Mountains.

Birding Events & Field Trips
If you want to get emailed trip notices, special club announcements, etc.,
contact David Zomick at 860-584-2824 or
You can also check our website,

Shepaug Dam Bald Eagle Observation Area
Sunday, January 6 ~ 9:00 am
Russ Naylor will lead this outing to observe Bald Eagles
wintering along the Housatonic River. Eagles often roost in
the trees and catch fish (and the occasional duck) just below
the dam. Meet at 9 a.m. by the Canfield Corner Pharmacy at
2 Main Street North in Woodbury, at the junction with Route 6
(Main Street) and Route 47. Directions: From points north
and east, take Route 6 west to Woodbury's town green just
past the intersection of Routes 6 and 47.
Rain or snow cancels.
Note: Reservations are needed
to enter the eagle observation area;
Russ will make the reservations.
For more information,
call Russ at 203-841-7779.

Shorebirding in the Stratford Area
Saturday, January 19 ~ 8:30 am
Shorebirds and other winter birds - Snowy Owls,
perhaps? - frequent the Connecticut coast. Angela Dimmitt
will lead us to a few hotspots to see which species
are braving the cold. Dress warmly! We will meet in
 Stratford (exit 30 off I-95 north) at the Dunkin Donuts
 (now simply called Dunkin) on Route 113/Lordship
Boulevard at the corner of Honeyspot Road.
Please contact Angela ahead of time
to let her know you will attend:
 860-355-3429 or

Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 16 ~ 9:00-11:00 am
Boyd Woods Sanctuary
Last year Boyd Woods was the number-one hotspot in
Litchfield County for bird species counted over the entire
four-day period of the Great Backyard Bird Count.
Please join Rich and Debbie Martin as we try to retain
 this title while counting the birds we see at the feeders
and along the sanctuary's trails. Meet at the Boyd Woods
Sanctuary parking lot on Route 254 in Litchfield.
Dress warmly, wear boots, and bring binoculars.
Snow or rain will cancel this walk.
For more information contact Debbie Martin
at or 860-819-7462.

Birding at Newburyport and Cape Ann, MA
Friday-Sunday, February 22-24
Dave Tripp will once again escort LHASers around the
Newburyport, Amesbury, and Salisbury areas in search
of wintering northern birds. In the past this trip has
seen rare birds like Great Gray Owl, Boreal Chickadee,
Varied Thrush, Townsend's Solitaire, and Harris' Sparrow.
 Last year we saw four Snowy Owls and got
great looks at a Dovekie! Other uncommon birds
encountered in the past are Short-eared Owls,
“white-winged” Gulls, Barrow's Goldeneye,
Rough-legged Hawks, and Northern Shrike.
An added bonus is a day trip to Gloucester and
Rockport on Cape Ann, which may add Razorbills,
Thick-billed Murres, Harlequin Ducks, Black Guillemots,
and more gulls and waterfowl.
If you are interested in going,
email Dave at"
We will stay at the Fairfield Inn at Amesbury.
Check websites like
or to find the best rate.

Junior Audubon Calendar
Junior Audubon provides an opportunity
for grade-school children to learn about nature,
the environment, and the creatures that live there.
It is sponsored by the Litchfield Hills Audubon Society and it is FREE.
Children of all ages and their parents have enjoyed
Junior Audubon activities, but we plan events
for children in grades 2 through 5.
To get on our email list or for more information,
contact Donna Rose Smith at 203-706-0474

Please let us know if you are joining us
so we can be sure to have enough supplies.
BUT don’t let that stop you from joining us at the last minute!
 Email: Phone: 203-706-0474.