[CT Birds] Three Days on the shore
dennisvz at optonline.net
Wed Sep 16 15:47:03 EDT 2009
The past three days I covered fro Griswold Pt. to Sherwood Is. St.
Pk. The general tone of the area was a lack of birds. This time can
be considered the break between early and late migration. Before this
time the emphasis was in the departure of the summer birds and
friends. Now the emphasis will be on the arrival of the winter birds.
I spent 2 hours sitting on the end of Griswold Pt on Tuesday for
shorebirds at high tide.
1 Black-bellied Plover, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 5 Semiplamated
Sandpipers. No movement of birds off shore and very few gulls about.
South Cove of Old Saybrook only had 5 Green-winged Teal At
Hammonasset the same thing happening, the White-winged Scoter was
still there. I didn't bother to go looking for the eider.
At Guilford, Sachem's Head there was 22 Greater Yellowlegs and 1
At Sandy Pt. on Monday there were only 5 Semipalmated Plovers and 1
The best birds Common Loon and Horned Larks. No Sharp-tailed Sparrow
yet, but several Savannah Sparrows around here and elsewhere.
At Milford Pt. on Monday the largest group of shorebirds were 200
Sanderling and they hang out on the breakwater at high tide. 57 Black-
bellied Plovers, 9 Semipalmated Plovers, and 30 peeps.
At Bridgeport Today everything was more of the same. At Fairfield
and Westport was about 30 Killdeer combined.
Herons are moving now. Snowy and Great Egrets seem to be found
everywhere even in less likely spots. By the end of the month, one
will have to start looking for them.
Laughing Gulls have been forming flocks of up to 100 on the beaches
along the shore pretty much all adults. First winter Herring Gulls
almost equal adults in number and I still see begging going on.
Immature Ring-billed Gulls again are more common inland and rather
scarce on the shore.
A rare bird for Bridgeport was a group of 6 Blue-winged Teal at Lake
In short, If you couldn't get out to the shore the past few days, you
didn't miss much. But, then a bad day of birding.........
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