[CT Birds] Sunrise Bird Walk - CT Coast

streatham2003 at aol.com streatham2003 at aol.com
Sun Jun 21 20:04:00 EDT 2009

Hi All,

Had a very productive walk at a couple of spots in Stratford and Milford yesterday. Highlight was almost certainly the Clapper Rails that were right out at high tide along the railroad tracks at dead high tide along with at least 2 very cute babies. In all Clapper Rails were numerous and another one was seen very well in Stratford. A few Virginia Rails were also heard but were not quite as accommodating with views. Passerine specialties were also very much in evidence at Startford including excellent views of Boat-tailed Grackle, Saltmarsh Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, Willow Warbler and very large numbers of Marsh Wrens. A surprisingly large number of 12 Yellow-crowned Night-herons were all visible at one time in Great Meadows. Returning? or just lazy shorebirds that didn't make it north included 1 BB Plover and both species of Yellowlegs.

At Milford Point things were much quieter but 3 Skimmers were nice in amongst a large number of loafing Laughing Gulls and the 5 lingering Long-tailed ducks were cool a couple of Loons were hanging around as well as a few Gadwall. Terns were very much in short supply as has been noted by numerous others.

Luke Tiller

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