[CT Birds] Fw: eBird Report - Stratford, townwide, Oct 30, 2011

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Sun Oct 30 19:50:50 EDT 2011

A day of post-storm birding today 10/30/11 in Stratford, with highlights of  2 
N. Pintail, migrating Turkey Vultures (135 in 65 minutes), 2 Peregrines, 25 RED 
KNOTS, 4 Bonaparte's Gulls, 1 probable large (Royal?) Tern, 6 Tree Swallows, 10 
Hermit Thrush, 1 White-crowned Sparrow, and a late INDIGO BUNTING. Surprisingly 
little on or over LI Sound (no Gannets nor sea ducks, and very few gulls).

Frank Mantlik

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Subject: eBird Report - Stratford, townwide, Oct 30, 2011

Stratford, townwide, Fairfield, US-CT
Oct 30, 2011 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
35.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Birding the town the day after a strong Nor'easter snowstorm.  
Today was clear, chilly 34-44F, NW 10-25mph.  Started watching feeder/yard 
birds, then out to Community Garden, Wooster Pond, McKinney Refuge, Airport, 
Great Medows, Long Beach, Oak Bluff Ave., Seawall, Stratford Pt., Short Beach, 
Frash Pond, Greenway & Birdseye Boatramp, Stratford Marina, Boothe Park, Ryder's 
Lane, and Beaver Dam Lake.
66 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant  42     12 along Stratford Pt shore, 30 in river from Sniffens Lane.
Canada Goose  175     flocks of 100 and 20 over house, 50 over Garden, 5 over 
American Black Duck  60
Mallard  450     400 or so in Raven Park Pond, small flocks elsewhere.
Northern Pintail  2     pair on Wooster Pond
Green-winged Teal  10     Wooster Pond
Ring-necked Duck  1     drake on Warehouse Pond at McKinney NWR; my first of 
Bufflehead  4     3 on Frash Pond (FOS), 1 female on River below Rt 1 bridge; my 
first of season
Hooded Merganser  1     female on Frash Pond.
Common Loon  6     at various coastal sites
Pied-billed Grebe  1     Warehouse Pond
Double-crested Cormorant  20
Great Egret  2     Great Meadows Marsh near Airport
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1     In trees near Stratford Marina
Turkey Vulture  135     steady stream of migrating birds seen over Boothe Park 
from 3:35-4:40pm
Northern Harrier  4     various sites
Sharp-shinned Hawk  7     5 over Boothe Park; others elsewhere
Cooper's Hawk  2     1 migrant over Boothe; 1 in tree at Ryder's Lane.
Red-tailed Hawk  10     about half were migrating over Boothe
American Kestrel  2     1 over Boothe, 1 over Rt 1
Merlin  1     flying past Long Beach
Peregrine Falcon  2     pair of adults over Boothe Park, harassing soaring 
Turkey Vultures
Black-bellied Plover  30     Short Beach Park, resting on beach and on rock pile
Greater Yellowlegs  2     Stratford Marina dock at high tide.
Red Knot  25     21 flew south past Stratford Point plus 4 roosting on Short 
Beach rock pile
Sanderling  362     flock of about 360 on beach at Short Beach; 2 at Long Beach.
Dunlin  200     Resting on beach with SAND at Short Beach.
Bonaparte's Gull  4     fighting wind, flying up Housatonic River, seen from 
Short Beach.
Laughing Gull  6     2 resting at Short Beach, 4 at Birdseye boatramp lot.
Ring-billed Gull  250     two resting flocks at Short Beach and Birdseye ramp 
Herring Gull  80
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Sterna sp.  1     appeared to be a large tern, probably Royal?, flying west past 
Lordship Seawall. Light wasn't the best.
Rock Pigeon  27
Mourning Dove  33
Monk Parakeet  4
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2     coming to our feeders at home
Northern Flicker  6
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  11
Tree Swallow  6     2 over Warehouse Pond of McKinney Refuge; 4 over Birdseye 
Wastewater Plant area.
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  3
Golden-crowned Kinglet  1     McKinney Refuge.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Hermit Thrush  10     flock of 6 on open grass behind 350 Long Beach Blvd., 1 
along McKinney trail, 3 along Oak Bluff Ave.
American Robin  12
Northern Mockingbird  7
European Starling  100
Palm Warbler  7     1 at Community Garden, 6 at grassy/brushy strip behind new 
Animal Shelter.  All were yellow birds.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  38     encountered in most areas all day.
Chipping Sparrow  10     Community Garden, but on sheltered side of road 
adjacent to Bunnell H.S.
Savannah Sparrow  30     most at Airport
Song Sparrow  50
Swamp Sparrow  7
White-throated Sparrow  35
White-crowned Sparrow  1     Short Beach behind tennis courts
Dark-eyed Junco  38     scattered flocks in many places
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1     a late bird at Short Beach behind tennis courts; photos 
rule out other species.
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  17
House Finch  3
House Sparrow  65

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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