[CT Birds] Fw: eBird Report - Milford Pt., Jul 27, 2012 - CASPIAN TERN

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jul 28 10:39:26 EDT 2012

As reported last night (7/27), I found an adult CASPIAN TERN during a Sunrise 
Birding Shorebird/Tern Walk at Milford Point.
The full eBird list is below.

Frank Mantlik

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Subject: eBird Report - Milford Pt., Jul 27, 2012

Milford Pt., New Haven, US-CT
Jul 27, 2012 5:30 PM - 7:50 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Sunrise Birding LLC Shorebird & Tern Walk.  Timed for high tide 
(about 6:30pm).  Unfortunately 2 young photographers and 2 young fishermen 
walked out to the tip of the major (plover-nesting) sandbar, flushing the vast 
majority of shorebirds and terns, which were now roosting on the far offshore 
breakwater.  Still, we had a decent variety of shorebirds, many Common Terns, 
and the main highlight was the Caspian Tern.  The afternoon light was 
spectacular, illuminating the water, marsh, and cumulous clouds beautifully.  
Warm 85F, humid, calm winds.  A few no-see-ums biting insects.
31 species

Mallard  2
Double-crested Cormorant  150     most roosting on offshore breakwater
Great Egret  10
Snowy Egret  9
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  2     including one adult that flew overhead
Osprey  8     including family with 3 grown juveniles in nest behind Coastal 
Black-bellied Plover  4
Semipalmated Plover  50
Piping Plover  1     one heard calling, and seen by some in the group
American Oystercatcher  7     including pair with their small chick on nesting 
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Ruddy Turnstone  3
Sanderling  22     including one sick or injured bird floating/swimming in open 
water off the beach; perhaps a victim of a Peregrine strike?
Semipalmated Sandpiper  3000     the vast majority were roosting on the distant 
offshore breakwater, in two "carpets" on the rocks.  Good close views of smaller 
numbers resting along the beach and on sandbar.
Least Sandpiper  6     close views of these in the marsh from the parking lot 
observation platform.
Short-billed Dowitcher  2
Laughing Gull  25
Ring-billed Gull  50
Herring Gull (American)  20
Great Black-backed Gull  6
Least Tern  5
Caspian Tern  1     adult with salt-and-pepper cap appeared on tip of 
plover-nesting sandbar at high tide.  It stayed for about 15 minutes, bathing 
and preening, before it took off and flew east.
Common Tern  150
Mourning Dove  1
Purple Martin  15
Barn Swallow  25
Gray Catbird  1
Yellow Warbler  1     Tom saw a "yellow" warbler fly by; probably this species
Song Sparrow  5
House Sparrow  3

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