[CT Birds] Story of 8 White Pelicans Stratford

Tina and Peter Green petermgreen at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 6 19:24:02 EST 2009

After having great scope looks with good lighting at the 8 White Pelicans at Stratford Point,I raced back to Westport hoping to catch another glimpse but with no luck.Does anyone know if these birds could continue moving at night or would they be more likely to land for the evening?Thanks again to Nick for finding them and to Scott for relocating them.A beautiful sight in December!


Tina Green




> Date: Sun, 6 Dec 2009 18:22:25 -0500
> From: kbosch at gmail.com
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] Story of 8 White Pelicans Stratford
> I relocated Nick Bonomo's 8 White Pelicans from my spot at Stratford Point
> at 3:10 this afternoon as they were flying down the coast in Milford. I was
> alone at the time and picked them up several miles to the east. They were
> close to the shore, just west of Silver Sands, when I first set eyes on
> them. Nick and Julian had said they were moving back towards land a bit, and
> they were correct. The Pelicans were close to or just over the shoreline at
> a moderate height the entire time - not too high but not low over the water
> either.
> I watched them advancing towards Milford Point for a minute or two as Tina
> Green, Charlie Barnard, and Frank Mantlik got to Stratford Point and saw me
> frantically running around. We all watched them soar literally right over
> the length of Short Beach (argh!) and fly west over land towards Long Beach,
> presumably continuing down the coast. Frank, Charlie, and I remained at
> Stratford Point for another hour or so. I later checked Long Beach, Lewis
> Gut, Johnson Creek, etc. to see if they had landed somewhere, but came up
> empty. So the question is - did anyone have them west of Stratford?
> A huge thanks and congrats to Nick for being aware of the Pelicans, finding
> them, and he and Julian for keeping me updated on their progress. Is there
> any species Nick can't dig up for us basically on demand? Simply amazing.
> While at Stratford Point there were plenty of the usual Surf and
> White-winged Scoter, loons, gulls, Sanderling, Dunlin, the ever-present male
> American Kestrel, a few Great Cormorant, and a couple Northern Gannets.
> Frank also picked up a Common Eider and a Harbor Seal.
> From Scott Kruitbosch w/ Charlie Barnard, Frank Mantlik, & Tina Green:
> 12/06/09 - Stratford, Stratford Point -- 8 WHITE PELICANS flying west at
> 3:10-3:15 after going past Milford Point and over Short Beach. 2 NORTHERN
> shore at various times.
> -- 
> Scott Kruitbosch
> Connecticut Audubon Society
> Stratford, CT
> kbosch at gmail.com
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