[CT Birds] Mlf Pt Sharp-taileds, Am G Plover

Stephen Spector charsjs at sbcglobal.net
Thu Oct 1 15:24:56 EDT 2009

>From Steve & Charla Spector:
10/01/09 -- Milford Point -- Much sparrow activity again from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM in the Spartina SW of the Francis Street spit.  10-12 Savannah Sparrows eating Spartina seeds at the edge of the grasses; 5-8 very active Nelson's [Sharp-tailed] Sparrows (hard to count because of possibility of counting same bird twice, but at one time 5 within same bino view); 1 Saltmarsh [Sharp-tailed] Sparrow; 2 Marsh Wrens.  On more distant sandbar, at least 1 American Golden Plover with a group of 15 mainly Black-bellied Plover.  Still some fair sized groups (50-75) of shorebirds flying around, mainly Sanderings and Semipalmated Plovers.  Echoing Dennis Varza's comments on the extremely tame behavior of shorebirds on the spit, today the well camouflaged resting Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers were sheltering in the highest wrack and would not move even when we found ourselves no more than 8 feet from them.  It was of course quite cool (50) and windy at times.

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