[CT Birds] CACC

Beverly Propen bpropen at gmail.com
Wed Jul 27 14:22:03 EDT 2011

7/27  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center
10AM-1PM  sunny, 75-80, high tide receding.
9Purple Martins at the martin condo.
seen from windows facing marsh:
At 10AM the family of 5 Ospreys was present-one adult and
2 juveniles on nest with fish, and 1 adult and 1 juvenile on the perch
eating a fish.  2 of the juveniles have fledged, possibly the third as well,
but I didn't observe all three flying.
At 12:15 a flock of about 200 "peeps" flew around the marsh.
At 12:25PM there were 2 juvenile starlings chasing and attacking the fiddler
crabs on the marsh mud; also one mockingbird attacked and was eating a
fiddler crab.
Also at 12:25PM one of the juvenile ospreys did some very ungraceful
attempts at fishing.  It flew around the marsh, hovered and then crash
landed into the water, appeared to almost drown-flapping its wings and then
came out of the water-but no fish. Good practice.
The arrowwood viburnum berries are blooming and a catbird and mockingbird
were busily eating the berries.
Other species seen on the marsh and property  were Common terns,
Mute swans, black ducks,  Great egrets, snowy egrets, D.C. Cormorants,
Great blue heron, barn & tree swallows, house finches, house sparrows,
goldfinches,  mourning doves, robins, cardinals.
Bev Propen, Orange

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