[CT Birds] Griswold Airport now owned by the Town of Madison! Plus swallows

COMINS, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Tue May 11 10:55:47 EDT 2010

The Town of Madison now owns Griswold Airport.  Please see link below for more information.  Thank you to everyone who helped out in this 13-year effort to prevent the construction of ~150 condos on the site.

For photos of yesterday's closing and of the property in general please see:


Bird-wise it was a swallow sweep.  There were about 1000 swallows foraging over the marsh in the lee of the woods at Griswold Airport.  Mostly Barn Swallows, but there were well over 100 Bank Swallows and a few dozen Cliff Swallows, a few Tree Swallows and at least one each of Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Purple Martin.  The wind was howling out of the west, and the trees made for a nice wind break which must have concentrated insects making for a swallow bonanza.  Also had a likely Saltmarsh Sparrow on the property, based on behavior and shape, but didn't get a good view to rule out Nelson's.   Also, one Pectoral Sandpiper at Hammonasset.

You may be able to view this short video I captured without a Facebook account:

You can hear the Bank Swallows, but it didn't do the spectacle justice though.


Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488

Phone: (203)264-5098 x305
or 203-267-6732 x305
Fax: (203)264-6332

pcomins at audubon.org

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