[CT Birds] OT: Cold Shock and Striped Bass

Boletebill boletebill at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 10 11:09:21 EST 2014

Striper kill-off and Bald Eagles.
Thanks Steve for that link to the fish kill.
I can't help but to speculate that this fish-kill might explain the large concentration of Bald Eagles on the lower CT River. I see multiple sub-adult eagles fly by the CT River Museum daily. There are easily 25 Bald Eagles on the lower 5 miles of the river right now and although they are spread out and moving around they are all within an easy flight of this fish-kill area. Also one wonder if there may be other fish kill areas that are undiscovered on the lower river??
For at least five years the wintering population of Bald Eagles on the lower 10 miles of the Ct River has been approximately a little less than 25 eagles including residents based on my own observations doing Eagle Watch tours from the CT River Museum and conversations with the RiverQuest  Eagle watching boat tours. Ten or fifteen years ago these numbers were much higher including one year when there were more than 50 eagles here but recently these number have dropped way off....what's interesting is right now there are a lot of eagles around.
Just some speculation about the high number of eagles on the CT River now.

Bill Yule

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On Thursday, January 9, 2014 7:14 PM, Steve Mayo and Rebecca Horowitz <rsdmayo at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
Dave Provencher recently posted his CBC observations regarding dead stripers.  When I first heard of cold water temperatures as a possible cause, I was a bit confused.  This article explains the phenomenon:


Steve Mayo
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