[CT Birds] Shorebird Reflections

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sun Aug 24 18:58:07 EDT 2008


Hi Folks

I happened to be looking at an old Ct. Warbler Vol 4 #4 to be exact
and ran across this table I made. I though others might be interested.

Spring Shorebird Migration is often overlooked
Note the large number of Ruddy Turnstones. I can't remember seeing  
more than 50 at a time anymore. These birds also fed heavily on  
Horseshoe Crab Eggs. Short-billed Dowitcher is also rather high for  
spring.
Sanderling is not really representative since they move through over  
a long period from late March to May.


Shorebird Migration at the mouth of the Housatonic River Spring 1984

					First  	Peak  	Last
Black-bellied Plover	April 8	May 30 (600)	June 24
Semipalmated Plover	April 29	May 14 (350)	June 21
Greater Yellowlegs	April 2	May 2 (260)   	June 28
Lesser Yellowlegs	April 8	May 6 915)         	May 22	
Ruddy Turnstone 	May 6	May 22 (190)	June 21
Sanderling            	———	June 5 (110) 	June 10
Semipalmated Sandpiper	April 26	June 5 (1000)	June 21
Least Sandpiper   	April 18	May 11 (500)	June 7
Dunlin                    	———	May 22 (660)	June 17
Short-billed Dowitcher	May 6	May 30 (100)	June 7


Dennis Varza
Fairfield



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