[CT Birds] GULLS!, ICELAND, Gannets, Woodies, Merlin, AmOy
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Fri Mar 9 14:35:58 EST 2012
- Long Beach, 9 - 10 am: 7000+ gulls (6500 Ring-billed, 500 Herring, 3
Bonaparte's, 1 Great Black-backed, 1 ICELAND - 1st cycle) surface-feeding about
0.5 - 1 mile offshore, about where the oyster boats were again working. The
band of gulls extended for 1-2 miles. I counted conservatively by 10's as I
panned with the scope. The flock continually flew/moved to the south /
southeast, heading farther out into the Sound, following the barnacle larvae
plankton. When I returned at noon (high tide, calmer seas), many of the gulls
were scattered, and sizable flocks had gathered on the beaches to rest and preen
(feathers flying). Other highlights: 3 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS flying west
towards Bridgeport. Many expected ducks, Brant, loons, shorebirds. Another
highlight was meeting old friends Ron Rozsa and Ken Metzler there.
- "Warehouse" Pond (Long Beach Blvd) - pair Wood Ducks.
- Lordship Seawall: 1 Northern Gannet, flock of 18 Bonaparte's Gulls flying
toward feeding flock.
- Stratford Point: 1 Merlin, 2 Northern Gannets.
- Sniffen's Lane: 3 American Oystercatchers flying around Milford Point; and 2
more at Housatonic River Cove riprap behind old AVCO Army Plant.
- Roosevelt Forest: no birds during 20 minute visit, but probably 300 +/-
calling Wood Frogs at pond surface.
- Cranbury Pond: 16+ Painted Turtles basking on mud and rocks.
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