[CT Birds] Watch Rock, Old Lyme

Clay Taylor ctaylor at att.net
Wed Oct 31 14:05:46 EDT 2007

Hank -

While late, it is not unprecedented.   I recall that here was a Least
Bittern seen one year at Otter Cove.during the Old Lyme CBC.

Clay Taylor
Moodus, CT
ctaylor at att.net

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Subject: [CT Birds] Watch Rock, Old Lyme

> 10/31 Kayaking the creeks around Watch Rock, Old Lyme this morning,,, 25
or so species with birds of interest being,
>  Am Coot 9
> PB Grebe 1
> Am Bittern 1
> Least Bittern 1
>    The Least Bittern is most interesting.  I thought it was late for this
species and checking Greg Hanisek's bar graph in  Conn Birds by the Season
(Conn Warbler-Jan 2005 I find that it is a very late sighting for a Least.
I first saw it while paddling the main creek and while trying to get my
kayak in position to digiscope the bird it walked into the reeds.  I thought
with luck I might get another chance.
>   After paddling around for a while I went into another smaller creek near
where I had first seen the bittern, turned a corner and the bird was on the
edge of the mud about 50 feet away on the other side of the  creek,,, saw
me, turned and went into the grass.  I backed off some and tied my boat  to
a couple of sticks that I carry to drive into the mud to stabilize it
somewhat while I take pictures through my scope.  I waited about 15 minutes
because I have learned that sometime they will come back out if you wait a
bit.  The bird didn't show so I pulled up the sticks, grabbed my paddle and
and just before I started to move I gave a coo, coo, coo, coo.    I have
never heard them vocalize except during the spring and coincidence or
what,,the bird flew right across my bow to the other side of the creek and
dropped into the grass.  It had walked through the grass on the other side
of the creek until it was just about straight across from me.
>   A nice story but I did not get a picture.  The bird was an adult male,
black cap and back.
> Hank Golet
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