[CT Birds] Stratford Point closed until evening

Mark S. Szantyr Birddog55 at charter.net
Sun Aug 15 16:37:33 EDT 2010

Scott, you have been a tremendous host and a tremendous asset to the birding 
community.  Thanks for all you have done and for the updates.

Mark S. Szantyr
80 Bicknell Road #9
Ashford, Connecticut 06278

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Kruitbosch" <kbosch at gmail.com>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2010 12:51 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Stratford Point closed until evening

> FYI - I closed the gate to Stratford Point a few hours ago until the
> evening, when it may be raining. The kite will likely still come, though 
> it
> may be a quick hunt.
> If you are in Stratford Point after the gate is closed you can always 
> leave.
> The gate will open automatically. However, it will not open when you drive
> up to it to enter. There is very little chance the kite will come back 
> until
> tonight. In the 1/100 chance it does I would rather it be left alone after 
> a
> stressful morning, last seen flying up the river after being flushed
> repeatedly by ridiculously overzealous photographers/birders. Apart from 
> the
> poor behavior today we get a lot of people coming to see it in the middle 
> of
> the day. The chances of seeing it then are much less on a normal day, 
> forget
> today, and the views you get will be far. You need to get very lucky to 
> see
> it. In the morning and evening the views will be close. In the evening you
> will be on the Stratford Point property. This is the time all the amazing
> photos you see comes from. It is nearly a nightly ritual for some people 
> as
> well as the kite. When it is here in the evening please stay in the 
> driveway
> or mowed lawn up to the grasslands, even off the perimeter paths. We all 
> try
> to keep away from going down the paths or "surrounding" it with people and
> those spots also give all the people the best views. This is getting
> repetitive, and I'm sorry for those who know all of this and respect the
> kite and property, but this is why it is here for the 15th day.
> Do NOT trespass onto Stratford Point is when the gate is closed to run 
> after
> it. It is private property. Stratford Point is owned by DuPont, not the 
> town
> of Stratford or even the Connecticut Audubon Society. It is not a public
> area, and is opened on the weekends essentially because I feel like 
> opening
> it for visitors to enjoy the amazing raptor. I update it constantly for 
> the
> same reason. If this sort of thing continues I will not continually open
> Stratford Point up on the weekend. Additionally, respect the rules and 
> hours
> at Milford Point and the many private properties surrounding it. Many 
> people
> are still coming to see it for the first time. Some people drive hours to
> get here. Running it off is horrible for the kite and very disrespectful 
> to
> everyone say the least. Very few people had a chance to see the kite or 
> get
> any extended viewings this morning because of these actions. If you have
> questions about how to approach it, when to visit, what it can take, the
> best spot to photograph it, email me. I get many but answer nearly all as 
> I
> can. With that said, while I do not know who was chasing it down I am sure
> they knew what they were doing. As Frank Gallo has repeatedly requested
> please drive slowly in all areas, especially on the tight 25MPH roads near
> Milford Point. Please remind everyone of these simple guidelines and 
> rules,
> especially those who may not be reading this directly before visiting.
> I apologize for even having to email this sort of thing to the list and 
> the
> 99% very responsible and respectful birders. We have been fortunate to 
> have
> a near-perfect experience for everyone until today.
> -- 
> Scott Kruitbosch
> Stratford, CT
> Connecticut Audubon Society
> http://ctaudubon.blogspot.com/
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