[CT Birds] CACC

Beverly Propen bpropen at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 08:57:24 EDT 2012

7/25  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center,  10AM-1PM, sunny
73-82F,low tide
11 Purple Martins at the gourds,
Carolina Wren singing, 4 Mockingbirds including 2 Juveniles eating from the
berries on Arrowwood Viburnum.  All 3 juvenile ospreys are flying.
At 10AM  1 Juvenile osprey and the female were on the perch (female had
fish in talons) and 2 Juveniles on nest-preening, resting-1 juvenile with
fish tucked under it.
2 other ospreys flying around marsh and 1 on mudflats.  At 11:50AM the
adult female brought the fish to the nest and there was no rushing to eat
it. At 11:55 one juvenile took the fish to the perch.  Noon-there was 1
juvenile and the adult female on the nest with fish.
Then a tug of war fight broke out between the adult female and the
juvenile.  The tug of war went on for 5 minutes-juvenile had its talons dug
into the fish, and female was attempting to pull it away from the
juvenile.  Lots of squawking & wing flapping going on.  Could this have
been a lesson the parent was trying to teach the juvenile-how to protect
its fish?  For the remainder of the morning, once the juvenile on the nest
got hold of the fish , it mantled it after taking a few bites.
There was a large flock of mixed "peeps" flying through the marsh all
morning- When they landed occasionally I could see semipalmated plovers,
semipalmated sandpipers and least sandpipers.  Also viewed on marsh (from
windows) were 5 Great egrets, 3 Snowy egrets, 13 American  Black ducks, ,
3 Yellow crowned night herons, 26 D.C.Cormorants-several juveniles,  2
Common terns, mute swans.
Beverly Propen, Orange

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