[CT Birds] East Haven Eurasian Wigeon, American Oystercatchers

Stephen Broker ls.broker at cox.net
Wed Mar 12 11:53:47 EDT 2014

From Steve Broker (Cheshire):
03/12/14 - East Haven, Mansfield Point/Four Beaches Condominiums/mouth of the Farm River/Long Island Sound (8:45 A.M. - 9:30 A.M.).  This is the eastern portion of Area K on the New Haven Christmas Bird Count.

Eurasian Wigeon  1     Drake (full adult), observed against Darrow Rocks in the company of American Black Ducks, Mallards, American Wigeons, and Green-winged Teal.
American Wigeon  7
American Black Duck  63
Mallard  28
Green-winged Teal  6
Bufflehead  12
Common Goldeneye  90
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Common Loon  6
Horned Grebe  7
American Oystercatcher  2     Seen well from the rocky outcrops at Four Beaches Condominiums at the mouth of the Farm River.  The birds were together on the outer Darrow Rocks, observed foraging, flying, and vocalizing with numerous piping (courtship) calls.  Reported yesterday by Barb DeRienzo.
Herring Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
House Sparrow  10

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