[CT Birds] New CT BIG SIT Record, Milford Point

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Sun Oct 10 21:17:47 EDT 2010

10/10/10 Milford, Milford Point - 107 species:  New CT BIG SIT Record
The Core Team ("The Surf Scopers") of Frank Gallo, Patrick Dugan, Jim Dugan, 
Tina Green & Frank Mantlik.  We birded the outer platform from 4:45am to 7:25pm. 
 Sunrise 7am; set 6:19pm.   Part-time counters included Sara Zagorski, Wendy 
Knothe, Vanessa  Mickan.  Several visitors during the day. Temp 44-66 F. Skies 
Clear.  Winds began light N/NW 5 mph, shifting W / WSW steady to 18 mph by 10:30 
and through the day.

Highlights:  Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail (14), Green-winged Teal, 
all 3 Scoter species, both Loon species, Great Cormorant, American Bittern, both 
Night-Heron species, 10 species of diurnal raptors including WHITE-TAILED KITE 
(early morning), Clapper Rail (seen-last species of day), American 
Golden-Plover, Red Knot (2), White-rumped Sandpiper,  Pectoral Sandpiper, 
Bonaparte's Gull (2), Forster's Tern (3), Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo, Chimney Swift (3-late), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (late), Red-breasted & 
White-breasted Nuthatches, Marsh Wren, both Kinglets, Eastern Bluebird, Hermit 
Thrush, 4 warbler species including Northern Parula and Blackpoll, Field 
Sparrow, Nelson's Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Dickcissel, Rusty Blackbird, 
Purple Finch.

Misses: Wild Turkey, Killdeer, Ruddy Turnstone, Least Sandpiper, Cedar Waxwing, 
Common Yellowthroat, Swamp Sparrow.

The complete list will be posted at a later time on the CAS 

Frank Mantlik
Stratford, CT

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