[CT Birds] Rocky Hill Meadows

Zagorski, Sara szagorski at daypitney.com
Tue Aug 31 20:32:21 EDT 2010

8/31 - from 6:55 - 7:45 pm

Pectoral Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Common Nighthawk. Many killdeer and 7 Least Sandpipers. No sign of Buff-Breasted.

I've gotten several inquiries about where to find the birds. Enter through the ferry parking lot entrance and continue on the road through the woods until you come to a wide open space with fields on both sides of you. Keep on the road, it will make an S turn, and then there will be a field on your left and a dirt field on your right. The road intersects the main road, but on the right is a road with a closed orange gate. Park here.

The dirt field is your object. The dirt field has next to it a strip of bare ground with pieces of turf on it, then there is a grassy green turf field. The birds hang out in the median bare strip and sometimes in the turf field. Unfortunately there is a roll of turf at the edge of the turf field, and the birds like to work behind this edge, which makes them out of sight. Also unfortunately there are deep furrows and throughs in the median bare ground, one deep area I have taken to calling the Slough of Despond. You can't see them in it and it is deep and long. The pectoral and baird's were hiding behind the turf edge and then scampered across into the Slough. Gone. It takes a lot of patient scanning to see what is there, a scope is necessary. But sometimes they are on the turf and very visible.

Sara Zagorski

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