[CT Birds] Stratford sightings 9/4/11
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Sun Sep 4 21:10:46 EDT 2011
- Short Beach Park, 5:00 - 5:35 pm, scoping across to the Milford Point sandbar
at high tide I saw: 4 juvenile BLACK SKIMMERS, 1 FORSTER'S TERN, 400+ Common
Terns, 6 Am. Oystercatchers, etc., and photographers and birders. Scoping the
offshore breakwater, I saw an out-of-season immature GREAT CORMORANT among the
100s of Double-cresteds.
- Main St., behind Deluca ball field (= Stratford Greenway = "Avco" Cove ), 5:45
pm - previously-reported AMERICAN AVOCET resting on man-made rip-rapped berm to
the south, and behind the old defunct Avco-Lycoming Army Engine Plant. Lots of
roosting gulls, cormorants, and mallards as well.
- Broad St., Stratford Marina, 6:15 pm (still high tide) - adult basic
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 18 Short-billed Dowitcher (mostly juveniles), STILT
SANDPIPER, 85 Greater Yellowlegs, 30 Lesser Yellowlegs, a few peep, 7
It felt good to look at a few birds, after doing sweaty yard work all afternoon.
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