[CT Birds] CT coast Jaeger (Cave Swallow, Black Skimmer, Am Golden-Plover)

Greg Hanisek ghanisek at rep-am.com
Wed Oct 31 21:03:58 EDT 2012

Shortly before Nick arrived in Old Saybrook, Andy Grsiwold and I had one 
JAEGER sp. flying west. We thought Pomarine but didn't have sufficient 

Greg Hanisek

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Nick Bonomo" <nbonomo at gmail.com>
To: "CTBirds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 6:21 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] CT coast (Cave Swallow, Black Skimmer, Am Golden-Plover)

>I started the day in Old Saybrook, where Greg Hanisek and Andy
> Griswold were already watching the water. Nothing unusual while I was
> there. Pretty much zero birds moving out of the sound today - what a
> difference a day makes. Looks like pretty much everything has already
> moved out, save for a few stragglers that are certainly still kicking
> around. We did have a CAVE SWALLOW with Barn & Trees as previously
> reported. Finches and Black-capped Chickadees were on the move once
> the wind shifted to more of a westerly component.
> Hammonasset SP was closed, so Greg and I continued on to Lighthouse Pt
> for a 45-minute watch that featured finches (Siskins, Goldfinches, and
> Purple Finches in decreasing order), a few Cedar Waxwing flocks, and
> an Eastern Meadowlark. Note that the stand of pines along the
> fenced-off facility near the SE corner of the park has plenty of cones
> and would be a fine place for a flock of migrant crossbills to drop
> into.
> Next I walked out Sandy Point near high tide. Overall not much change
> here. Morse Point certainly had some sand shifted toward the bay side
> and certainly lost a bit of height to it, but I'm not sure quite how
> much height or if it will be enough to affect the terns and plovers
> next year. Sandy Pt looked quite similar - didn't look like much of
> the newly deposited sand had been washed away. Best birds were a
> single immature BLACK SKIMMER (storm-related) and a Clapper Rail that
> flushed from the marsh edge.
> I last checked out Milford Point on the falling tide. No storm waifs,
> but did have a nice juvenile American Golden-Plover among the
> Black-bellieds. Many Common Loons about, and 3 White-winged and 1
> Black Scoter. Just like Sandy Pt, Milford Pt had some sand shifted on
> the nesting sandspit, but to the detriment of the plovers or not, I
> could not say.
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
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