[CT Birds] owl, glaucous, sora, grosbeak

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Tue Apr 17 17:30:21 EDT 2007


With a day off, and with hopes of finding any other
storm-blown birds, I birded today (4/17) in the
Stratford - Milford - Shelton area, with these
highlights (76 species on the day):

-Shelton, Huntington Steet, Trap Falls Reservoir
(7:30am):  1 BONAPARTE'S GULL, male NORTHERN HARRIER
(flying north), pair PIED-BILLED GREBES (potential
nest site), 7 COMMON LOONS (all alternate plumage; 4
flying north), various ducks.  And one crow-sized gray
bird being harassed in flight by several crows.  I
lost it when I went for the scope.  Who knows???
-Stratford, Lordship Seawall (9-9:20am):  2nd-winter
GLAUCOUS GULL, on beach (good photos obtained).
-Stratford/Bridgeport, walked Long Beach to Pleasure
Beach (9:30-11:30):  1 SHORT-EARED OWL (flying over
water toward Bpt harbor), female AMERICAN KESTREL, 4
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES, 10 pairs PIPING PLOVERS, 10
SANDERLING, 23 DUNLIN, 2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS,
10RED-THROATED LOONS.  Much beach erosion. And the
biggest surprise was a female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
in the thickets among the cottages.
-Stratford, McKinney NWR/Great Meadows marsh:  3 more
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES, 6 WILSON'S SNIPE.
-Stratford, Sikorsky Airport, So. Main St.: 1 PECTORAL
SANDPIPER, 20 GREATER YELLOWLEGS on flooded runways.
-Milford, Silver Sands S.P., 3pm:  1 SORA, flushed it
by walking wet meadow (with boots) left of entance
road (was hoping for a yellow rail), 100 AMERICAN
ROBINS on grassy field.





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