[CT Birds] Hurricane Irene Birds 8/28
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Mon Aug 29 21:45:47 EDT 2011
8/28 Bird Highlights 8/28/2011, mostly from Stratford, during Hurricane Irene:
9:30 am Oak Bluff Ave. (road leading to Long Beach) - the salt marsh was flooded
and a choppy "bay". The causeway was close to being flooded. A flock of 52
RED-NECKED PHALAROPES repeatedly flying around in a tight flock for 15+ minutes.
Photos. There were also 15 CLAPPER RAILS (including 2-3 juveniles) swimming in
open water coming towards Oak Bluff, trying to get to dry land. Several Common
Terns and Barn Swallows as well.
10:00 - Frash Pond - 4 BLACK TERNS foraging over water for as long as I was
10:45 am - Bridgeport - enroute to Seaside Park, a JAEGER species was over my
car on I-95 at exit 27. I pulled over, viewed it with bins as it struggled
south against the strong winds, took a few photos that unfortunately show
little. Based on slight size and thin wings, it was either a Long-tailed or a
Parasitic. Once I got near Seaside Park (main entrance closed), I could see the
bulk of the Park was a lake, and the tide was still rising, quickly flooding the
road near UB that I was on. I retreated in a hurry.
11:20 - 12:10 - Rt 1 at Housatonic River, in large parking lot of Savin Rock
Roasting Co. restaurant. I pulled in and saw a SOOTY TERN over the lot, just as
Charlie Barnard was calling me to tell me. He'd arrived 15 minutes prior.
Scott Kruitbosch arrived soon thereafter. We were amazed to see a frantic
flight of several flocks of terns, against the wind and rain, over a
storm-swollen river. (Calls were made to other storm-birders, who soon
arrived.) Species included up to 8 SOOTY TERNS, 1 POSSIBLE BRIDLED TERN, 4
BLACK TERNS, 2 FORSTER'S TERNS, 50 Common Terns, 2 fly-by WHIMBRELS, 1 fly-by
Blue-winged Teal. Several times the Sooty Terns flew over our cars. I obtained
good photos, which I'll post sometime soon.
Most of the afternoon was spent clearing fallen tree limbs and dealing with
minor damage to our deck.
What a day of storm-birding in CT! I was in frequent phone communication with
Nick Bonomo, who put even more time in, and had a bunch more great birds.
on 8/29, now that electricity is restored.
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