[CT Birds] Stratford migrants and rails 4/21
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Wed Apr 21 12:02:32 EDT 2010
I headed out early this morning (5am, 21 April) to search for night birds at the McKinney NWR in Stratford. No owls, but heard 4 Clapper Rails and 1 Virginia Rail. Then 7am I encountered a flock of migrant warblers foraging in the small woodlot (Long Beach Blvd.) by the Warehouse Pond: 14 Yellow-rumped, 1 Northern Parula, 1 Palm, 1 (drab) Pine. They moved out by 7:30. Also 1 r-c kinglet and 12 Boat-tailed Grackles, heard one Willet.
And off the Lordship Seawall (Washington Blvd) on the glass-calm waters, 110 loons ( 15 Common, 50 red-throated, 45 unidentified - too far out and in haze).
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