[CT Birds] Long Island Sound, RE: Waterford pig farm gulls

Anthony Zemba Anthony.Zemba at gza.com
Sat Jan 7 11:08:36 EST 2012


Right on Patrick
It is a number of efforts working toward a common goal none the less of which include  federally led interstate management efforts for dozens of economically and ecologically important marine fish such as cod, herring, mackerel, pout, scup, black sea bass, various flounders, etc.


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From: Comins, Patrick [mailto:PCOMINS at audubon.org]
Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2012 10:41 AM
To: Anthony Zemba; 'gswilliams9 at yahoo.com' <gswilliams9 at yahoo.com>; 'ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org' <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: Long Island Sound, RE: [CT Birds] Waterford pig farm gulls

There have been other good things happening with Long Island Sound as well.  Bi-state, federal, municipal and NGO efforts have led to millions being spent on upgrades sewage treatment plants, the Long Island Sound Stewardship Act and other programs have funded fish passage and anadromous fish habitat restoration.  Tidal marsh and other habitat restoration is improving the nursery grounds for forage species and public education campaigns have raised awareness of the importance of the Long Island Sound Estuary.  There are now even limits on the harvest of menhaden along the Atlantic Seaboard, a critical forage species for many piscivorous birds at various stages of their migration or nesting cycles and marine mammals and key shorebird stopover areas are now off-limits to horseshoe crab harvesting.  Is there more to do...absolutely, but maybe increased sightings of pelagic birds, cetaceans and pinnipeds are an indication that something is finally going right for the Sound?

Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation

Audubon Connecticut
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From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org [ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Anthony Zemba [Anthony.Zemba at gza.com]
Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2012 9:50 AM
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Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Waterford pig farm gulls

Perhaps we are finally seeing the positive effects of trawl fishing bans in LI Sound? May help to explain the return of this creature , increased seal sightings and range expansions and peerhaps alcid invasians?



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From: Glenn Williams [mailto:gswilliams9 at yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2012 07:29 PM
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Subject: [CT Birds] Waterford pig farm gulls

from Glenn Williams:
1/6 - Waterford, Miner Lane pig farm -- 1w "KUMLIEN'S" ICELAND GULL, 1w LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, presumed "NELSON'S" GULL (glaucous x herring hybrid)

I finally hit the pig farm at feeding time and it was crawling with hundreds of gulls.  The only problem here is that there is no set pattern of feeding the pigs that I have figured out and many gulls are out of sight from the road.  The Nelson's-type was a little larger than a Herring gull with a very frosty but scaley back.  It's primaries were very solid dark and it's bill was all black with a light tip.

On an off-topic note, there have been three Minke Whales in the Sound in the vicinity of Plum Island.  They have been seen the past two days by a reliable observer.  The Sound is hopping this winter.  It is a great time to seawatch or get out on a ferry or boat.

Glenn Williams
Mystic
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