[CT Birds] CACC

Beverly Propen bpropen at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 16:38:52 EDT 2012

4/25  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center,  10AM-1PM, sunny, to
overcast, 60-65, low tide rising.
There appear to be 4 eggs in osprey nest.
At 10AM, the female osprey was on the perch and male was on the eggs.
About 20 minutes later, there was a changing of the guard and the female
flew off &  returned with some seaweed, which she deposited on the male's
head.  He shook himself off , left, and returned around 10:55AM with a
fish, some of which was already eaten.  Female took the fish to the perch
and she was eating it. I guess the male got the message that she was
hungry. A third osprey was flying in the area .  Both ospreys were then on
the nest, squawking, after which the intruder left.
The female brought in a black plastic triangle to the nest (about the size
of a base from softball) around 12:40PM.
There were 10 Green winged teal on the marsh, 2 D.C. Cormorants, a group of
18 Yellowlegs, 3 Short billed Dowitchers & 4 Dunlin foraging.  As the tide
came in the numbers of Brant increased to about 150. There were also Great
Egrets, mute swans, a snowy egret,
mallards & AM. black ducks on the marsh.
On the grounds were mourning doves, red winged blackbirds, cardinals, song
sparrows, robins,  starlings, common grackles, tree swallows over the marsh
and 3 Purple martins in the condo with one martin flying around.
Beverly Propen, Orange

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