[CT Birds] Fw: eBird Report - Short Beach Park , 9/4/10
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Sat Sep 4 21:17:48 EDT 2010
Amazing numbers of gulls (laughing and ring-billed) and Common Terns on the
lower Housatonic River late this afternoon, 4 Sept... no doubt storm-related.
So many to look through, but there easily could be a Franklin's Gull in with
them. Also I was intent on scanning through the flocks for a jaeger (perfect
timing) or something even more rare [at least 1 Sabine's Gull and 1 Skua (So.
Polar apparently) were seen on Cape Cod this morning]. All 9 Black Skimmers
were juveniles. I hope to get back out Sunday morning.
The White-tailed Kite put on a nice show.
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Subject: eBird Report - Short Beach Park , 9/4/10
Location: Short Beach Park
Observation date: 9/4/10
Notes: Viewing here was broken in time (5:00-5:30, then 6:30-7:00).
Mid-tide rising. Concentrated on terns, gulls, shorebirds - so many to look
through. Smaller shorebirds could not be discerned well on distant sandbars,
despite great afternoon light conditions. White-tailed Kite continues (1st CT
record) since 8/1.
Number of species: 22
Mute Swan 4
Double-crested Cormorant 340 large numbers have been here for the past
month or so, with most resting on the offshore breakwater, but also feeding in
flocks in the river
White-tailed Kite 1 Seen hunting at Stratford Point on and off about
5;15pm , 5:50, 6;15. It caught at least 2 rodents (meadow voles?), eating the
first one on the wing.
Peregrine Falcon 1 sitting on sandbar 6:45pm
Black-bellied Plover 50
Semipalmated Plover 20
American Oystercatcher 6
Semipalmated Sandpiper 50
Short-billed Dowitcher 4
Laughing Gull 5000 Huge numbers (conservative estimate) flying upriver
the whole time, then resting in large flocks on Short Beach (despite many
sunbathers) and on several sandbars. About 80% juveniles. No doubt swept up the
coast by yesterday's Hurricane Earl.
Ring-billed Gull 2000 Same comments as for Laughing Gull.
Herring Gull 300
Great Black-backed Gull 10
Common Tern 3000 Many large hovering/ foraging flocks all around the
lower Housatonic River, with smaller numbers resting on sandbars. About 50/50
adults/juvs. The highest numbers I've seen here all year. Numbers had been
declining 200-300 in recent weeks. Apparently brought in to LI Sound by
Black Skimmer 9
Mourning Dove 8
Barn Swallow 4
Northern Mockingbird 2
Yellow Warbler 1
American Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 6
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)
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