[CT Birds] Milford Point

charles barnard jr chbarnjr at gmail.com
Wed Aug 7 23:31:08 EDT 2013

I do believe that information was recorded in at least one monitoring
season.  Birders were one category of potential disturbance on one of the
data sheets which we were issued that year. The data sheets weren't
identical every year, although most of the categories were identical.

On Wed, Aug 7, 2013 at 11:05 PM, Mark Szantyr <birdinggeek at gmail.com> wrote:

> I guess i am wondering if any of the regular data- keeping tern monitors
> have information showing the comparative numbers of birders VS non-birders
> observed disturbing the tern colony in this or previous field seasons.
> This would be interesting to see in light of this discussion.
> Mark
> On Aug 7, 2013, at 10:46 PM, charles barnard jr <chbarnjr at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > As someone who has monitored nesting Least Terns and Piping Plover on an
> > annual basis  for many years until I finally "packed it in" this season,
> I
> > feel that Scott's post has a lot of validity. Part of the monitor's job
> is
> > to write down the disturbances observed and the specific cause. Was there
> > evidence of predators? Were fishermen observed? Walkers? Food trash or
> bait
> > left behind? Dogs on leash or off leash? I have been literally cursed at
> > for telling people with dogs who were off-leash and running through
> fenced
> > off areas to leash their dogs. So, I know what the job is like and what
> the
> > problems are.
> >
> > The bottom line is that disturbance caused by humans is an important
> factor
> > in the abandonment of nesting colonies. This usually happens when birds
> are
> > still on eggs. Once chicks hatch, the birds get more tenacious about
> > staying put.
> >
> > As far as the "big tides" go, that is a large factor as well. However,
> > there was a large drop in numbers of Least Terns reported between June 26
> > and July 6. I don't think there were any unusually high tides in that
> time
> > period, although I will have to go back and check. Of course, the 4th of
> > July fireworks event occurred in that time period and may well have been
> a
> > factor, despite a big effort to minimize the disturbance by Plover/Least
> > Tern volunteers and staff. The volunteers do a good job and so does the
> > staff. They put in a lot of time and effort and the conclusions which
> they
> > arrive at are based upon direct observations.
> >
> > I know that Nick and others care about the well-being of Piping Plovers
> and
> > Least Terns. So do the volunteers who monitor them. Trust what the staff
> > and volunteers say, because it is true.
> >
> > Charlie Barnard Jr.
> > Stratford
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