[CT Birds] Cockenoe Island, Westport today

sean at seanmurthaart.com sean at seanmurthaart.com
Wed Jul 24 21:21:37 EDT 2013

A visit to several of the Norwalk Islands today by kayak had many avian highlights, most on Cockenoe, the island furthest to the east.  The sand spit that was home to a thriving common tern colony is much reduced, but what little sand that was left was still packed with COMMON TERNS.  On the island itself we had a first of season BLACK BELLIED PLOVER, as well as an immature BALD EAGLE harassed by gulls and osprey.  There were several young LITTLE BLUE HERONS, dozens of SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, plus a few SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS and RUDDY TURNSTONES.  Cockenoe had a large number of young HERRING GULLS, at least one still on a nest, while on nearby Goose Island there were an equally large number of young GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS.  AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS seemed especially abundant everywhere.
-Sean Murtha


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