[CT Birds] Stratford BLACK TERN

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jul 10 17:21:57 EDT 2012

7/10 - Stratford, Short Beach - I observed Charlie's BLACK TERN at this same 
location today 3:35-4:30 pm.  It was still perched 
on the north end of the breakwater, but flew around occasionally.  This bird was 
a molting fall adult, with quite uniformly gray above and below, with white on 
the throat, face, and undertail. The belly was mostly gray but had some white 
mottling.   Visibilty was excellent (no haze nor heat shimmer) with the 
afternoon light, but a good, powerful scope is required, due to the distance 
involved.  Also present here were 1 adult ROSEATE TERN, 220+ Common Terns 
(including my first 2 juveniles of the year), 6 Least Terns, and 1 Sanderling.

Also, the shorebird pond an Access Road, opposite R.E. Michel, now has lower 
water levels (due to the hot sunny dry weather). Three Lesser Yellowlegs were 
feeding there this afternoon.  High tide is usually best here.

Frank Mantlik

From: Frank Mantlik <mantlik at sbcglobal.net>
To: Birds CT <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Tue, July 10, 2012 3:11:45 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Stratford BLACK TERN

7/10 Stratford, Short Beach - Charlie Barnard just called me (3:05) to say that 
he saw a BLACK TERN land on the north (left) end of the offshore breakwater.

via Frank Mantlik
This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for 
the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut.
For subscription information visit 

More information about the CTBirds mailing list