[CT Birds] Critical waterbird nesting time
Tina and Peter Green
petermgreen at hotmail.com
Fri May 31 15:49:26 EDT 2013
Good info Scott. I was at Milford Point this morning and had excellent scope views from the platform and just a short way down the beach to the right of the platform. The shorebirds and terns need their space and we should stay away from those critical areas.I made a conscious decision not to go anywhere near the roped off areas or anywhere near the birds.
The best time to view shorebirds at most locations is between 2 hours before and after high tide. That gives you 4 hours and the birds will be concentrated and allow for good views with your binoculars and scope.
The birds have enough pressure from predators,weather, and habitat loss. Let's not add human disturbances to that list!
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On May 31, 2013, at 3:26 PM, "Scott Kruitbosch" <skruitbosch at ctaudubon.org> wrote:
> On this warm weekend and going forward in the near future please be EXTREMELY careful at Milford Point of the dozens of Least Terns that are attempting to nest and the over a dozen Piping Plover hatchlings running around with several pairs of parents. It is extraordinarily important that we limit all traffic on the spit, and if you could bird basically no further than the Coastal Center platform that would be best. Venturing down the spit, especially at high tides, to view or photograph birds endangers their lives. Chicks are dying every day right now, and that's not a dramatic exaggeration.
> There is way too much traffic out there on a constant basis from people of all sorts. There is also a reason we do not have many Least Terns ever successfully nesting here and why Piping Plovers have such problems in CT. The string fencing is not a barrier which should be approached at all. We know birders are mindful of not going into it, but even standing next to it means you are too close and at this point many of the birds are outside of it.
> Piping Plovers calling? Least Terns diving at you? This all means you are entirely too close and the birds are distressed. Tiny Piping Plover chicks can easily go unnoticed as they freeze in the sand and rocks, and anyone could step on one and crush it. All that I have said above is also important at sites like Sandy/Morse Points, Bluff Point, Long Beach, Griswold Point, and more. I'm sorry if this comes across as being a killjoy but if you care about Connecticut's birds and the success of such imperiled species in our state it is best to stay far away from nesting areas for the next couple of months. We have scopes and binoculars for a reason and viewing these awesome birds can easily be done from a safe distance in public walkways, viewing platforms, or further up the shore. If you absolutely must for some reason venture out on these beaches please go at low tide and stay as close to the water as you can.
> Please email me directly if you have any questions, comments, or grievances. If you want to help out as a shorebird and tern monitor email us at ctwaterbirds at gmail.com to sign up.
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