[CT Birds] Hammonasset Gulls are gone

paul wolter pwolter6 at earthlink.net
Fri Mar 16 11:57:21 EDT 2012

from Paul Wolter

3/16/12 Madison, Hammonasset Beach SP. This morning only 16 Herring Gulls and 5 Greater Black-backed Gulls found just after high tide. Just four gulls in the West end parking lot, and none on the beach at Meigs Pt. Not a single Ring-billed Gull anywhere. Highlights- first of the season Great Egret (with tail plumes) in the Renovation marsh area. 26 Purple Sandpipers on one rock, off the end of the Meigs Point breakwater. Sanderlings, Dunlin and Ruddy Turnstones on the breakwater. 1 Greater Yellowlegs in the Boulder pond marsh, and 1 female Northern Harrier hunting the marsh. One Horned Grebe in breeding plumage, and two others moulting. Many Loons of both species, Surf Scoters flying by the Point, and 18 Horned Larks with 7 Killdeer in the West end grass fields.

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