[CT Birds] Stratford WT KITE, BAIRD'S WHITE-RUMPED, FORSTER'S, BV, etc.
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Tue Aug 24 20:26:14 EDT 2010
Here are highlights of a day of birding in Stratford today 8/24, in part with
-Short Beach 3:30-4:15 - WHITE-TAILED KITE perched in tree entire time, buffeted
by NE wind, but showing a prey blood stain under right eye, Orchard Oriole.
-Long Beach (2 visits, morning & mid afternoon) - juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER
(lifer for Tina), basic adult WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, adult Semipalmated
Sandpiper with blue band and yellow flag "KTX" on left leg (FWS band on right
leg), 6 Yellow-crowned Night-herons, 2 Green-winged Teal, Northern Harrier,
Purple Martin, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 1 BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE.
- foot of Cove Place, Sound-watching for 3 hours (1.5 hr early morning and 1.5
hr mid day) - 2 FORSTER'S TERNS, no petrels nor other seabirds seen, 4 migrating
Great Blue Herons, 2 Am. Redstarts, 1 Pine Warbler, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch,
usual terns, gulls & shorebirds.
- Home 5pm - BLACK VULTURE over house/neighborhood, female Ruby-throated
Hummingbird, flocks of Common Grackles going to evening roost along river.
70 species on the day.
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