The Birds of Centerbrook

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A red-shouldered hawk takes flight from its perch on the solar array

I’ve taken quite a few photos of the wildlife around Centerbrook over the years. We’ve had beavers, turtles, raccoons, and a whole host of domestic animal visitors, but the birds are special.

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The Centerbrook egret that returns each spring is our most famous yearly visitor

The Centerbrook office is located on the Falls River in Centerbrook, Connecticut, and it’s a prime spot for birding. It’s not uncommon for me to yell out to my neighbor David Holahan, an august birder with binoculars always at the ready, for an identification as I’m running out the back door with my telephoto lens.

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A black-crowned night heron usually shows up in early summer
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Some of the earliest yearly visitors are hooded mergansers, occasionally joined by a ring-necked duck

Here's a couple minutes of footage of the egret and night heron fishing in the river: