[CT Birds] Hurricane Birds
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Mon Aug 29 20:40:26 EDT 2011
8/29 - Some follow-up comments regarding the report of a Bridled Tern near Compo
Cove. At 2:10 I received a phone call from Julian Hough, alerting me to this
report. I had just taken my lunch break at Compo Beach ( a delightful sunny
day) with binos in hand, and saw little except 1 WHIMBREL migrating sw low over
I promptly drove my truck to the Hillspoint Rd. / Compo Cove area. I saw only 1
LEAST TERN on a rock; no sign of any floating flotsam, nor any Bridled Tern.
I also called Tina Green, who happened to be just offshore on Nick Bonomo's boat
at Cockenoe Island. They came upon a tern on some flotsam, excited at the
prospects, but it was in fact a BLACK TERN. The winds seemed SW, so Brendan's
comment that it was drifting east toward Sherwood Is. makes sense.
After work, I found Sherwood Is. SP closed to entry due to the storm damage.
The officer told me the planned opening date is Wed. 8/31 at 8am. By then, the
Bridled Tern could be off Carolina.
From: Brendan Murtha <bmskua at sbcglobal.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: Mon, August 29, 2011 3:08:48 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Hurricane Birds
Following up with James's report, here are the highlights Sean Murtha and I had
the past 2 days-
Veteran's Park, Norwalk: BAIRDS SANDPIPER - 1 confirmed, a few other possible
Pectoral Sandpiper- 4 or so. The park was flooded, providing great habitat for
shorebirds. Tons of peeps were present (Least and Semipalm), plus a lot of
Laughing Gulls, numbering in the hundreds. Missed the Red-necked phalarope.
Mardi and Towni Dickinson had seen it only minutes before we arrived..
Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk- CASPIAN TERN-1, Forster's Tern- 2, plus a handful
of unidentified Storm-Petrels way out.
Sasco Creek Beach, Southport- JAEGER sp., far out, harassing terns.
Compo Hill Area, Westport, where Hillspoint road curves along the shoreline east
of Compo Beach - BRIDLED TERN- 1
Upon arrival we picked out the bird on a piece of flotsam pretty far out to the
east, off Sherwood Island (which remains closed). As the flotsam drifted nearer
shore the bird lifted off and flew south-westward until we lost it, but later we
picked it up again alighting on another piece of flotsam, also to the east but
unfortunately no nearer. The bird appeared mainly dark gray with white
foreparts, and when it flew, the wings appeared long and narrow with a touch of
white underneath. While admittedly distant, we felt it was not black enough to
be Sooty Tern and the wings too narrow to be Sooty or Black Tern. Its habit of
alighting on flotsam also strongly indicated Bridled Tern. We hope someone else
can relocate the bird- if Sherwood Island re-opens, the view may be better from
Moments later we had a BLACK TERN at the Sherwood millpond, the nearest we were
able to park.
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