[CT Birds] Sikorsky Wheatear

Mntncougar at aol.com Mntncougar at aol.com
Tue Sep 8 15:39:20 EDT 2009

The Stratford Northern Wheatear was visible at the airport from  7:45 to 
8:45 am this morning.  It consistently returned to its perch on the  barbed 
wire on top of the fence, after dropping briefly to the ground to pick up  
some morsel.  As you drive into the airport parking area, this is the fence  on 
the left hand (north?) side.
Follow the entrance road until you reach the parking  lot  with the 
construction equipment and dirt piles.  Continue back through the  lot and take the 
roadway which goes through the middle of the dirt piles to a  stop sign.  
Turn left on the one-way road and watch the top of the fence  which is now on 
your right.  The bird was consistently perched on the fence  about even 
with the west end of the dirt pile on the left.  When I got  there I had no 
real idea where to go, but by sheer luck ended up in the right  place and 
spotted the bird almost immediately.  I think it was the ONLY  bird I saw the 
whole time I was there.  I found that the bird would allow  me to approach on 
foot to within about 15 feet, but I could position my car on  the grass 
fringe so my window was only about 8 or 10 feet from him.  I was  able to get 
some decent pictures, but the light was terrible at the time I was  there. 
Don Morgan

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