[CT Birds] CACC

Beverly Propen bpropen at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 14:55:10 EDT 2012

8/1  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center  10AM-1PM,
cloudy-overcast, 75-78F high tide.
at 10AM the 2 adult ospreys were on the perch with one juvenile sprawled
out in the nest. 2 other juveniles joined the first and were on the nest
calling.  At 10:40AM the male took off (presumably to get some fish for the
hungry brood) and he returned at 12:05PM to the nest with a fish. One
juvenile grabbed the fish, not sharing it with the other 2. At  12:45PM the
first juvenile was still eating the fish while the other 2 were calling &
wing flapping. At one point in the morning one of the juveniles flew
through the marsh dipping its feet into the water 3 separate times.
Other birds seen :
from observation platform in parking lot were 8 Purple martins by the
gourds,1 D.C. Cormorant,
 2 Least sandpipers walking on the flattened down reeds,  2 mute swans.   2
Spotted sandpipers seen at 11:15AM at edge of marsh from the windows,
with 3  Least sandpipers, 3 Great egrets, 1 Snowy egret.
1 Female Baltimore Oriole was sitting on an orange flower of the trumpet
vine in front.
Family of cardinals following the parent, family of mockingbirds, one of
which was eating a dragonfly, mourning doves, catbirds, starlings.  On Long
Island sound side-a brief  view from platform with my bins-2 Oystercatchers
and many Semipalmated sandpipers.
Beverly Propen, Orange

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