[CT Birds] 4/5 3pm Snowy Owl fly-by West Shore and Re: Nature's Mystery

Colleen Lord clordtalbot at gmail.com
Sat Apr 5 15:29:24 EDT 2014

Regarding the gulls, I still have thousands daily in Woody Crest.  They disappear around high tide but always come back. Not sure how that fits into any of the feeding theories but Frank asked for input from folks on the coast, so there ya go. :)

Also, I was standing on my sea wall a few minutes ago enjoying the resident RB Merganser family when suddenly a gorgeously marked SNOWY OWL flew along the shoreline towards me not twenty feet away. I scrambled for my iPhone and got a poor shot as it headed away along the shore toward Sandy Point. This was a thrill as I jokingly have asked 'the universe' to please send a Snowy to my house. :) I've only ever seen them in Stratford before this. Today I am packing up and moving out of this beautiful Bird Haven to a spot just down the shore a bit- but what a sendoff!! 

Colleen Lord
West Haven

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On Apr 5, 2014, at 1:18 AM, Frank Mantlik <mantlik at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> 4/4. Stratford, Long Beach, 4pm - Only about 200 Scaup and virtually no gulls. (Further east at Lordship Seawall, Russian Beach, Stratford Point - virtually no birds along the shore/offshore at all). 
> This where exactly 24 hours earlier there were tens of thousands of birds covering the water in a plankton-feeding frenzy.
> Where did they all go, so fast? What changed. Friday the wind was out of the East. I suspect the mass exodus occurred to some other part of LI Sound where the food source was now abundant. Wherever that was, it was not within binocular view of Stratford. Anyone on the coast -in CT or NY - see large numbers of birds on Friday? One of Nature's mysteries.
> Frank Mantlik
> Stratford
> Sent from my iPhone
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