[CT Birds] CACC

Beverly Propen bpropen at gmail.com
Wed Jun 6 18:53:56 EDT 2012

6/6 Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center  10AM-1PM sunny/partly
cloudy, 65F, mid tide rising.
At 10AM the female osprey was feeding the 3 chicks, even the smallest one.
4th egg does not appear to be viable. The male osprey brought in two fish
during the 3 hours.  The two oldest chicks are fed first and when the
smaller chick begged for food, the larger chick pecked at it mercilessly.
It was pecking & biting the nape of the smaller chick, after which the
smaller chick would burrow its head in the nest material or fall over from
the attack. When the 2 older chicks were filled up, the male was feeding
the youngest, on the other side of the nest. Around 10:30 the female osprey
was sitting on the smaller chick, while the two larger ones were tucked in
next to her. There were 2 stray ospreys in the area, which elicited lots of
calling from the nesting pair.
A yellow crowned night heron flew by around noon. On the marsh were snowy
egrets, great egrets, mallards, comorants, mute swans.
On the grounds were 2 Cedar waxwings, mocking birds, song sparrows,
Robins, house sparrows, common grackles, Red winged blackbirds, starlings,
mourning dove on nest and the purple martins at the gourd condo.
Beverly Propen, Orange

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