[CT Birds] CACC

Beverly Propen bpropen at gmail.com
Wed Jun 25 13:20:12 EDT 2014

​6/25  Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center, 9-12noon.  Overcast,
cloudy, 74-82F
High tiding rising.
At 9AM the male was on the nest, with chicks, female returned a few minutes
later. 3 chicks are getting large with russet on the backs of their necks.
They were preening and sleeping much of the morning.  The female chased off
a D.C. Cormorant which was fishing in the marsh near the nest.  First it
dove, and the Osprey dove after it.  It resurfaced a distance away and then
took off.  I guess he was uninvited company. Also on the marsh was an adult
YELLOW CROWNED NIGHT NERON, stalking & eating.  It grabbed a crab, and one
of the crab's claws grabbed the Heron's lower bill, but the heron whacked
it a few times and it let go, and then got swallowed-big lump in heron's
neck as it went down.
Also- MUTE SWANS,  2 MALLARDS, 1 SPOTTED SANDPIPER-foraging and scurrying
along the marsh edge, 6 D.C. Cormorants , far out, and 2 other OSPREYS  far
out, as well as 2 GREAT EGRETS.
STARLINGS,  4 CARDINALS (family), American robins.
Beverly Propen, Orange

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