[CT Birds] HeadsUp for strong seabird movement this weekend!

Thomas Robben robben99 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 3 12:32:14 EDT 2012

Sorry to re-post a NY bird story below, but CT may be receiving some
seabirds this weekend, since both RI and NY have reported significant
movements Saturday, including those seen by P.A.Buckley (and others)
yesterday in RI, and TODAY Larry Flynn saw 100 shearwaters (mostly sooty)
at 8:15am at mid-trip on the BlockIsland-to-PtJudith ferry! Might be good
to scope the LISound today from any CT beach today!
And dont forget the Skua seen yesterday off Andrews Pt.
Tom Robben
Glastonbury CT

*Subject: South Fork LI: Morning seabird flight from East Hampton*
From: Angus Wilson <oceanwanderers AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 23:26:10 -0400

>From East Hampton on the South Fork of Long Island (Suffolk Co.) the
seabird flight described in posts from Ken, Corey, Seth and Shai was much
in evidence this morning, with persistent onshore winds and bands of rain
pushing the migration up against the shoreline. Peter Polshek was on
station at Main Beach from 7:35 AM until early afternoon, being joined at
different times by Jim Ash, Hugh McGuinness and myself. Around 1:30 pm the
wind shift to the west and dropped, allowing thick mist to roll in,
bringing the seawatch to an abrupt end. Besides the steady stream of
shearwaters including unusually high numbers of Manx Shearwaters,
highlights included an adult LONG-TAILED JAEGER (possibly the bird seen c.3
hours earlier off Fire Island) and a LEACH'S STORM-PETREL. Many of the
birds were quite close inshore offering good views. I don't have all the
numbers yet but the current totals for the tubenoses and jaegers during
this period (and all traveling east) are:

Sooty Shearwater - 2,176+
Cory's Shearwater - 65+
Great Shearwater - 8+
Manx Shearwater - 27+
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 54+
LEACH'S STORM-PETREL - 1 ( AT 12:40 PM, seen well)
Parasitic Jaeger - 9+
LONG-TAILED JAEGER - 1 (adult  AT 12:27 PM)
unidentified jaeger - 2

Angus Wilson
New York City/Springs

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