[CT Birds] Summer Bird Count highlights - O.G. & Riverside

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Mon Jun 15 07:36:20 EDT 2009

<P>The Greenwich/Stamford Summer Bird Count was held this past weekend.<BR>My area covered all of Old Greenwich, Riverside and part of Stamford.<BR>Just to make the count more interesting/challenging, there was sun, rain, fog -<BR>with  the cooler, wetter spring, and abnormally higher spring tides possibly <BR>affecting breeding activity.  There was also a notable lack and low numbers of <BR>some species e.g. Veery, Common Yellowthroats, Vireos, Phoebes, Orchard <BR>Orioles, gulls, and terns.<BR><BR>From Meredith Sampson w/ Cynthia Ehlinger & Annette Cunniffe:<BR>6/13 - Old Greenwich, Greenwich Point -- 1 GREATER SCAUP, 3 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, <BR>                2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, BROWN THRASHER.<BR>6/14 - Old Greenwich, Greenwich Point -- 1 RED KNOT.<BR><BR>Also seen/heard in our area:<BR>Cedar Waxwings - many<BR>Scarlet Tanager<BR>Common Loon<BR>Brant - 41<BR>Laughing Gulls - 7<BR>American Oystercatchers - 4<BR>Spotted Sandpiper<BR>Northern Rough-wing Swallows - very good numbers<BR>Cliff Swallows - 4 (a decline from previous years)<BR>Fish Crow - 3<BR>Eastern Kingbird <BR>Greater-crested Flycatcher - 5<BR>Willow Flycatcher - 2<BR>Purple Martin - 16 with 30 eggs<BR>Black-bellied Plover - 1 during count period<BR>Pine Siskins - 6<BR>Chimney Swifts - 25<BR><BR>Overall, an interesting, a bit odd bird count.<BR><BR>Meredith Sampson<BR>Old Greenwich<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR></P>

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