[CT Birds] Stratford shorebirds & terns
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Sun Jul 17 21:01:20 EDT 2011
>From Frank Mantlik
7/17 Stratford, E. Broad St. / Housatonic Ave. - Tidal creek before Stratford
Marina & Outriggers Restaurant, at high tide: 42 Greater Yellowlegs, 4 Lesser
Yellowlegs, 20 Short-billed Dowitchers, 1 dowitcher, sp. (All shorebirds
roosting on old pilings), 6 Gadwall.
Access Rd. Pool (opposite R.E. Michael): 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 7 Lesser
Yellowlegs, 3 Least Sandpiper, 2 Killdeer.
Sikorsky Airport, and adjacent marsh: female Am. Kestrel, 2 Yellow-crowned
Housatonic River mouth, from both Stratford Point and Short Beach Park at high
tide: 500 Common Terns, 4 Least Terns. Distance to sandbars and breakwater, as
well as heat shimmer, hampered distinguishing anything uncommon/rare.
And a word to the wise: The mosquitoes at the McKinney Refuge (RR Trail and
around Warehouse Pond) are incredibly abundant and voracious. If you go, lather
up with bug dope, or wear an anti-mosquito suit.
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