[CT Birds] 3/22 Bits: Gannets, Shoveler, etc.

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Fri Mar 23 08:29:53 EDT 2012

>From Frank Mantlik
3/22, Stratford,  Lordship Seawall - 7 adult Northern Gannets fishing over LI 
Sound at edge of fog (58F vs. 74F at home).

Stratford Point - 1 Northern Gannet, 1 Northern Shoveler (male), Tree Swallow.

Long Beach, Stratford - 2 Northern Gannets, 2000 gulls plankton-feeding 
offshore. Only 10 Bonaparte's.  I wonder if any large flocks (500+) of these 
will appear in CT this spring. Or have they moved further north already?

Various sites , inland Stratford - American Robins were clearly migrating 
overhead in small flocks (5-10) all morning. Many Northern Flickers seen today 
too. Not to mention butterflies:  Cabbage Whites and Orange Sulphurs.

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