[CT Birds] Q Marsh sightings

Christopher Loscalzo closcalz at optonline.net
Sun Aug 21 14:18:59 EDT 2011

08/21/11-Barney Bontecou, Christin Arnini, and I kayaked on the Quinnipiac
River in Hamden this morning from Sackett Point Road south  to the New Haven
town line (about two miles).  There are tidal mudflats at this location that
attract shorebirds in migration as well as resident water birds.  Noteworthy
sightings included: a juvenile Northern Harrier, a Peregrine Falcon, 1
Solitary Sandpiper, several Spotted Sandpiper, 100+ Semipalmated Sandpiper,
50+ Least Sandpiper,  about 10 Greater Yellowlegs, several Semipalmated
Plover, several Killdeer, and a flock of Green-winged Teal.  There was a
juvenile Forster's Tern fishing on the river, as well as Green and Great
Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egrets, Belted Kingfisher, and many
Double-crested Cormorants and Osprey.  This is a very productive marsh
despite its proximity to an urban center.


Chris Loscalzo, 


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