[CT Birds] Shorebirding today
Tina and Peter Green
petermgreen at hotmail.com
Thu Sep 19 15:46:12 EDT 2013
Here's some trivia regarding the Lesser Black-backed Gull at Burying Hill Beach in Westport.My first sighting of the bird last fall was on September 26th
and I thought that was early.
So it was seen nine days earlier this September compared to September 2012.
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On Sep 19, 2013, at 3:18 PM, kmueller at ntplx.net wrote:
> Finally....a day off! So what better way to enjoy it than a day along the coast Shorebirding. Low tide at dawn.
> HIGHLIGHTS: I started at dawn at Buryinghill Beach in Westport where I ran into Tina Green. Found (her) adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL in the cove east of the parking area. Also 2 Spotted Sandpipers and a single Laughing Gull.
> After saying good-bye, I stopped at Southport Beach: 7 Black-crowned Night Herons (3 adults) and 5 Sanderling.
> Stratford, Long Beach Park (marsh side): 5 Gtr Yellowlegs, Yellow Warbler, 2 Palm Warbler, 3 Common Yellowthroat, and an unidentified Warbler (will review the images later) and 1 Savannah Sparrow.
> Stratford, Stratford Marina, Bond's Cove: 125 ++ Yellowlegs (majority Greater- 7 Lesser), 36+/- Short-billed Dowitcher, 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (1 present at first joined by the second bird an hour later) ** (Excellent Shorebird show- they were kept moving by boat yard activity. The birds would fly out and circle the cove and then return to the X-dock)., 20+/- Night-Herons (mostly Yellow-crowned), 3 Green Heron, 1 Clapper Rail (walking within the old pilings across the cove), 1 juvenile or female Harrier and a flock of Monk Parakeets.
> Milford, Milford Point: I thought I would search for a Western Sandpiper. They are still being reported in every coastal New England state. On the bar 100+/- peeps (mostly Least Sandpipers (65%) and Semi-palmated Sandpipers (3 banded birds) with 7 Semi-palmated Plovers......no Westerns found. Male Harrier grabbed a vole along the waters edge by the observation platform on the Sound side. 3 Palm Warbler, 2 Yellow-rumped Warbler, 3 Saltmarsh Sparrow, 1 Savannah Sparrow.
> West Haven, north sandbar, high tide: 2 Palm and 2 Common Yellowthroat Warblers. Only shorebirds on the bar were 1 pair of Ruddy Turnstone and 2 Spotted Sandpipers, also 1 juv. or female Harrier. 1 Laughing Gull
> Madison, Hammonasset Beach SP, Meigs Pond: 30+ peeps (50/50 Semi-palmated and Least Sandpipers), 7 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Semi-palmated Plover, 1 PECTORAL and 1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER.
> Keith Mueller
> Killingworth, CT
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