[CT Birds] Stratford-Milford
dennisvz at optonline.net
Sat Oct 31 20:07:43 EDT 2009
The trip was mainly to count shorebirds, but I did some looking around.
The Great Egrets were down to 3 in Lordship. Long Beach was full of
Kite-Surfers and fishermen
I sat at the seawall for an hour and saw nothing.
At Frash Pond there was an A /M Bufflehead and a Pied-billed Grebe.
these are the first migrants I have had for the season in the pond.
It would be wise to keep an eye on the pond now on.
At Stratford Marina I had 103 Greater Yellowlegs and 26 Yellow-
The combined birds for Short Beach Stratford, and Milford Pt. include.
American Black Duck 60 mostly around the nesting bar
Green-winged Teal 1 on the nesting bar
Surf Scoter 5 in the main channel of the river.
Red-breasted Merganser 1 hanging out by Laurel Beach
Double-crested Cormorant 11 Say good bye to the big flocks
Black-bellied Plover 88 Most at Short Beach
Semipalmated Plover 29 roosting by the red boat towards Laurel Beach
Sanderling 400 most on the nesting bar
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2 roosting by the red boat towards Laurel Beach
Western Sandpiper 3 roosting by the red boat towards Laurel Beach
Least Sandpiper 1 roosting by the red boat towards Laurel Beach
Dunlin 120 Most on the nesting bar
Laughing Gull 1 Short Beach
Ring Billed Gull 144 ad 5 im
Herring Gull 96 ad 6 im.
Great Black-backed Gull 4 ad 2 im.
Lapland Longspur 1
Milford, Mondo Ponds
Greater Yellowlegs 12
American Wigeon 5
A quick look-see at Caswell Cove produced 100 Fish Crows, 60 in one
tree and the rest scattered about.
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