[CT Birds] CACC
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Wed May 26 14:41:14 EDT 2010
5/26 Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center, Milford 10AM-1PM
sunny, 75-90, high tide receding.
Driving in to the parking lot were 3 PURPLE MARTINS on the martin condo.
1 YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT HERON feeding in the marsh, near platform adjacent
to parking lot. Numerous Red winged blackbirds, Common grackles in the mars
h. Singing Carolina Wren, House wren, house sparrows, mockingbirds,
American robins, family of starlings, a singing Common Yellowthroat, mourning
doves. On the deck of the building was a bird nest built on to a baby
carriage (of all places) with 5 whitish eggs, speckled with brown inside a little
cave type nest....possibly a Carolina Wren's nest.
On the marsh was 1 SNOWY EGRET, 12 BRANT, 5 MALLARDS (4 M, 1F), many mute
swans, 29 GREAT EGRETS (on far west end of marsh) -looked like a party
with the egrets flapping wings and bouncing up & down; 5 D.C. CORMORANTS.
Ospreys were busy much of the morning. At 10AM the female was feeding the
4 chicks a large fish, breaking it into tiny pieces. 3 chicks are a good
size, while one is noticeably smaller. Yet the female did feed the smaller
chick as well. The male was sitting on the camera. Female was shading the
chicks with her wings spread out as she stood over the chicks, so air was
circulating around them.....She balls up her talons when walking on the
nest around the chicks. At 11AM the female had tucked all the chicks under her,
stretched out her neck and was horizontal, closed her eyes and took a
That is until 11:10AM when 2 stray ospreys entered their airspace again.
Female stood up, calling; the male left his perch and landed on the
camera, also calling and flapping his wings. The 2 stray ospreys left ONLY TO
return at 11:20AM. Our pair was on the nest together, but one of the strays
landed on our male's perch! The female got up, flew after the stray and
chased it away. Our male then returned to his perch. The 2 strays then flew
around and left. The rest of the morning the male stood sentry on his
perch and female was shading the chicks on the nest.
Bev Propen, Orange
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