[CT Birds] Stratford Help

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Wed Jan 18 20:24:53 EST 2012

Hi Joe,
The Iceland Gull at Long Beach is very reliable. The gate to the beach has been 
open lately.  But should it be locked, parking is permitted along the south side 
of Oak Bluff Ave., the road leading to the beach.  Just inside the entrance 
booth, walk to the beach, then along the beach to the left, towards the beach 
houses.  The gull usually is by itself, often out of view (in front of the beach 
house that was badly damaged last August) until you get close enough, due to the 
many jetties.  It often perches on wooden pilings also.  He is quite wary 

The Canvasbacks (28 yesterday) were reliable in Frash Pond (Access Rd.). 
 They'll leave if the pond freezes up (not yet).

The McKinney NWR  RR Trail is on Long Beach Blvd., off Rt. 113 (Lordship Blvd,) 
opposite the Duchess burger joint.  Just after the Meyer warehouse on the left, 
and just before the old unused RR tracks, there will be a grassy parking lot on 
your left.  Park here and walk down the "road" along the RR tracks.  The O-C 
Warblers have been pretty reliable along both sides of the trail (or even on the 
tracks), from the lot to the sharp right hand bend.  If you walk all the way 
out, there is an observation platform overlooking the Great Meadows salt marsh.

Good luck

Frank Mantlik

From: Joseph Cala <Joejr14 at aol.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: Wed, January 18, 2012 5:44:54 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Stratford Help

Does anyone know if the Iceland Gull is still hanging around Long Beach, and if 
the Canvasbacks are still in Frash Pond?  I'm thinking about a trip down 
tomorrow to get some pics and would hate to miss on both.

Also, if the gate is closed at Long Beach....where's a safe place to park?

And not to ask too much, but can someone provide a location (or directions) to 
the RR trail where the OC Warblers have been seen?


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