[CT Birds] TRICOLORED HERON
closcalz at optonline.net
Sun Jun 29 18:10:42 EDT 2014
6/29/14, on Duck Island, in the LI Sound ~1/4 mile beyond the mouth of the
Menunketesuck River, Westbrook. One adult TRICOLORED HERON. Duck Island is
a heron rookery and is the site of active nesting. The sighting is
interesting because the island may be the site of the Tricolored
Heron/Little Blue Heron pairing that resulted in the apparent hybrid(s)
being seen the past several years at Hammonasset. The heron flew from the
middle of the island where the nests are and landed on a small tree at the
edge of the island. It's mate was not seen (whether it be another
Tricolored or a Little Blue Heron), but there were 4-5 Little Blue Herons
flying to and from the island. Other species nesting on the island include
Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night-heron and Glossy Ibis. Along the shore,
there were several Great Black-backed Gull chicks (and many adults). All
observations were made from kayaks, a few yards from the east shore of the
island. The island is off-limits during the breeding season.
Other notable sightings on the kayak trip included: 30 Least Terns on
Menunketesuck Island (nesting colony) including two chicks and one immature
(1 year-old) bird, 10 American Oystercatcher and one Spotted Sandpiper on M.
Island, and one Yellow-crowned and one Black-crowned Night Heron in the
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Chris Loscalzo and Marianne Vahey,
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