[CT Birds] CTBirds Digest, Vol 1275, Issue 1

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Mon Aug 23 13:19:07 EDT 2010

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Today's Topics:

  1. Riverside Park Sewage Pond in Hartford (Bill Asteriades)
  2. WT Kite at Stratford Point (kbosch at gmail.com)
  3. Kite departs 4:50 (Scott Kruitbosch)
  4. COA Shorebird & Tern Workshop (Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt
      Sandpipers) and more (Nick Bonomo)
  5. colebrook stuff (Carrier Graphics)
  6. WT Kite in Great Meadows Marsh (twan leenders)
  7. Rocky Hill Meadows (paul cianfaglione)
  8. Westport Sightings (Tina and Peter Green)


Message: 1
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 14:44:36 -0400
From: "Bill Asteriades" <Asterbunch at cox.net>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Riverside Park Sewage Pond in Hartford
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>From Bill Asteriades:
8/22/10 - Hartford, Riverside Park Sewage Pond - 11 GREAT EGRETS, 6 GREAT 


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Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 20:35:00 +0000
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Subject: [CT Birds] WT Kite at Stratford Point
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In the rain and wind, hunting now at 434PM.

Scott Kruitbosch
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Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 17:08:07 -0400
From: Scott Kruitbosch <kbosch at gmail.com>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Kite departs 4:50
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The White-tailed Kite quickly caught a small to moderately-sized vole around
4:38 in the prime hunting area. The kite ate it within a few minutes on the
rock wall, and surprisingly tried to hunt for more for a minute or two. It
banked around to the west side and hunkered down in a tree for a few minutes
as very heavy rain and 20-30MPH winds with higher gusts moved in. It popped
up, came back around front, and seems to have left to the north as usual
around 4:50. Really rough conditions now - it is a good time to leave for
everyone here.

Scott Kruitbosch
Stratford, CT
Connecticut Audubon Society


Message: 4
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 22:08:05 -0400
From: Nick Bonomo <nbonomo at gmail.com>
To: CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] COA Shorebird & Tern Workshop (Hudsonian Godwit,
    Stilt Sandpipers) and more
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Today's COA Shorebird & Tern Workshop got off to a great start when
Frank Mantlik spotted a HUDSONIAN GODWIT as it flew into the lagoon at
Sandy Point in West Haven. Most, if not all participants got decent
scope views of this adult bird before it was flushed by the incoming
tide. After a lengthy flight around the harbor, the bird re-settled
onto the outermost sand bar where it remained until we left after 9am.
Although we can't know for sure, this godwit was likely a product of
the morning's inclement weather and east winds...the best weather
pattern for finding Hudwits in CT.

Other Sandy Pt highlights included a few Clapper Rails and an immature
SORA for the earliest birders. The remaining shorebirds were common
species, and the only terns about were a couple dozen Commons.

We moved on to Milford Point for high tide, where numbers and
diversity were certainly strong enough to keep us entertained for a
while. The first thing we noted upon arrival was the presence of a
flock of 41 Lesser Yellowlegs on the sandbar, an unusually high count
for this species, especially on the Milford Pt sandbars (they tend to
prefer marshes and muddy pools). Hidden in this flock were 4 STILT
SANDPIPERS. We can thank the weather again for this one. Lesser 'legs
and Stilt Sandpipers are often grounded together by late August rains
(particularly the last 10 days of the month, it seems).

A flock of 19 juvenile Willets, also quite high for the date and
location, on the same sandbar was composed of 4 "WESTERN" and 15
"Eastern" Willets. Participants were treated to side-by-side
comparisons of these two subspecies. More common shorebirds carpeted
the shrinking sandbar as the time came in.

Terns were constantly coming and going from the sandbars, and several
feeding flocks were diving around the mouth of the river. Two immature
FORSTER'S TERNS were cooperative, and Frank Mantlik picked out a
single BLACK TERN as it was foraging closer to the Stratford side of
the river mouth.

In all, during the "official" workshop, 14 shorebird species and 4
tern species were seen. Other participants may have more to add.

Afterwards a few birders spilled over into Stratford. Stratford Marina
held the continuing mostly basic-plumaged LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. At
the Access Road pools, Frank found a worn alternate adult LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHER, and an adult Pectoral Sandpiper dropped in.

The mudflats at the end of Oak Bluffs Ave, just outside the Long Beach
entrance, held another (or part of the same?) flock of Lesser
Yellowlegs and Stilt Sandpipers. There were well over 50 LEYE in this
flock, and there were again 4 STILT SANDPIPERS (2 ad, 2 juv). Two more
Pectoral Sandpipers here (1 ad, 1 juv).

On my way home I stopped at Mackenzie Reservoir in Wallingford which
has again been drawn down for the summer. The mudflats are extensive
right now, and there is a large area of grass and weeds growing in
that may be appealing to the grasspipers. This spot deserves frequent
checks over the next few weeks and could pull in a Baird's or
Buff-breast if lucky. I saw:

3 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Lr Yellowlegs
53 Semipalmated Sandpipers
19 Least Sandpipers

In all I observed 18 species of shorebird today, which is about what
you can expect at this time of year over several hours in different
habitats. Today was more about quality, with the godwit, LB Dows, and
several Stilt Sands being the highlights. Several possible species
were missed. For example, we missed White-rump, Western Sandpiper,
Piping Plover (most, if not all, have departed), Whimbrel, Knot,

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, shorebirding in this
type of weather is often rewarded with quality birds. The next couple
days look unsettled, so this is a great time to check your local

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT


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Date: Sun, 22 Aug 2010 21:24:46 -0700 (PDT)
From: Carrier Graphics <carriergraphics at sbcglobal.net>
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Subject: [CT Birds] colebrook stuff
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Colebrook reservoir

Went out to see if I could find any sandpipers in the rain. Saw the post that 
rainy days can be good for seeing them. Well I had one Semi pal Sandpiper. Only! 

Well ya goda have a bad day to compare a good day to, yes?
However, We did see the local Bald eagles. One adult and two Immature putting on 

a great show over a very large fish. Also a classic chase of an Eagle after a 
lunch carrying Osprey. 

On to North Colebrook Rd. Saw a group of warbler movement from car. Got out and 

2 Black & White warbler
1 Black-t-Blue
3 Black -t-Green
1 Blackburnian
3 yellow-rumped
1 Nashville - only migrant
2 Hermit Thrush
1 Gray-cheeked Thrush! a very early migrant

Of the warblers, only 2 were adults. But they all were apparently 

Paul Carrier and Joyce R.


Message: 6
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 07:39:43 -0400
From: twan leenders <tleenders at ctaudubon.org>
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Subject: [CT Birds] WT Kite in Great Meadows Marsh
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On my way into work at 7:15 I spotted the WT Kite hunting over the Great Meadows 
Marsh, just north of the Sikorsky Airport. Conditions are pretty stormy at 
Stratford Point and I don't blame it for finding an easier place to get 
breakfast! In case you're still interested in swinging by, the gate is open.

Twan Leenders
Conservation Biologist
Connecticut Audubon Society
2325 Burr Street
Fairfield, CT 06824
Tel. (203) 259 6305 ext. 114
Email: tleenders at ctaudubon.org<mailto:tleenders at ctaudubon.org>


Message: 7
Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:41:32 +0000
From: paul cianfaglione <pcianfaglione at hotmail.com>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Rocky Hill Meadows
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8/23 Rocky Hill, Rocky Hill Meadows  -  1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. 

Paul Cianfaglione


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Date: Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:18:20 +0000
From: Tina and Peter Green <petermgreen at hotmail.com>
To: ct birds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Westport Sightings
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8/22/10 - Sherwood Island SP - 61 LAUGHING GULLS,BLACK-BELLIED 
              Compo Beach Marina - 1 juvenile COMMON LOON,presumably avoiding 
the easterly swells

              Grace Salmon Park - SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS & PLOVERS
              Compo Beach - 12 RUDDY TURNSTONES,4 GREATER 
& PLOVERS,KILLDEER on the model airplane field.I also watched
                    two juvenile COOPERS HAWKS trying to catch squirrels 
unsuccessfully for about 15 minutes and they appeared to be working as a team on
                    the west side.

              E.R.Strait Marina(Longshore Park) - I spotted the same juvenile 
COMMON LOON from yesterday in the marina close to the gas dock.This may be just 

              coincidence,but,both today and yesterday,this bird appeared 
tired,eyes closing.Never feeding or preening or swimming about.

Tina Green



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