[CT Birds] Milford, Stratford shore highlights

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jul 30 23:16:51 EDT 2009

I've been checking the lower Housatonic River from various Stratford locations, and from Milford Point today.  Shorebird and tern numbers are sizeable, and warrant close scrutiny for rarities.  Here's a summary of highlights:
7/30 Milford Point 5pm -  1900 Semipalmated sand., 3 Least sand., 12 Black-bellied plover, 30 Semipalmated plover, 1 Piping plover, 2 Am. Oystercatcher, 20 Sanderling, 3 Short-billed dowitcher.  Also 200+ Common Terns, mostly out on distant breakwater.  I left in short order as Frank Gallo called with news that he'd found a White-faced Ibis at nearby Silver Sands SP.
7/29 Stratford, Short Beach - 4:45pm - 1 Peregrine Falcon (on Milford Point nesting bar), 1000+ Semipalmated sandpiper, 30 Sanderling, 10 Ruddy Turnstone, 2 Am. Oystercatcher, 14 Short-billed dowitcher, 68 Laughing gull, 160 Ring-billed gull, 50 Herring gull, 300 Common Tern, 1 Indigo Bunting (colorful male atop bare trees behind tennis courts).
7/28 Stratford, Stratford Marina, 4:45pm, with Seth Harvey - At high tide, 1 probable LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER among many Greater Yellowlegs and Short-billed Dowitchers roosting on old pilings.
7/27 Stratford Point 12:00 - 5 species of swallows:  Barn, Tree, Northern Rough-winged, Bank, and 1 Cliff
Frank MantlikStratford

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