charles barnard jr chbarnjr at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 10:12:07 EST 2011


GREAT SPOT on that Kittiwake.  I am stuck doing laundry and other stuff,
but hope to get out this afternoon.


On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 9:59 AM, Frank Mantlik <mantlik at sbcglobal.net>wrote:

> 12/16  Stratford - 50F, mostly clear, very windy W @20-30+, white caps and
> swells.
> - Foot of Cove Place, LI Sound - adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE flying west
> far out (1/2-3/4 of way to Mid-ground Lighthouse) at 8:20am.  I studied it
> with scope for at least 6 minutes.  Lighting was decent (side light of
> rising sun).  Identified by smaller relative size (compared to nearby
> Herring Gulls), body and wing shape: long, narrow wings (uniformly narrower
> than average gulls) giving it a very sleek streamlined shape, with fairly
> rounded looking wingtips, appeared to have just the wingtips black ("dipped
> in ink"), and characteristic roller-coaster flight style which it exhibited
> the whole time I watched the bird.  Also, 2 NORTHERN GANNETS.
> -  Stratford Point - 7:25-8:10 am - Merlin, 5 NORTHERN GANNETS, 36 Am.
> Wigeon, 3 Snow Buntings, usual loons and ducks.  I saw no Razorbills nor
> other alcids during my 1.5 hour of seawatching.
> -  Shoreline Drive pond (between Third St and Fifth St.) - 5 GREAT EGRETS
> continue.  From car one can look up driveways of beach cottages to view the
> pond.
> -  Long Beach (Oak Bluff Ave.) - adult ICELAND GULL continues.  Park gate
> was closed.
> - Sikorsky Airport - 7:00-7:20 am - I looked for, but saw no Boat-tailed
> Grackles leaving their usual night roost near the airport entrance.  I fear
> they are no longer in the area, but will keep searching as daylight permits.
> Frank Mantlik
> Stratford

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