Which species have been confirmed?

Yesterday, I pointed out that evidence for confirmed breeding by any species should be submitted to the atlas, even if we are not yet within that species’ “safe dates”.  In light of that recommendation, I thought it would be worthwhile to list the species for which we have already received confirmed records.  This list is growing every day – just this weekend I noticed a pair of chickadees excavating a nest hole in a dead tree stump in my backyard (see video here).

As of this morning, 28 species have been confirmed as breeders within the state this year.  No doubt there are a few others that we’ve not yet heard about – if you have records, please submit them either via eBird, or with one of the atlas data sheets.

The list of confirmed species is:

Canada Goose
Mute Swan
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black Vulture
Cooper’s Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl

Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Tree Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Common Grackle
House Finch
House Sparrow

Black-capped chickadee excavating a nest hole (breeding code NB), Storrs, CT