[CT Birds] Feeding frenzy at Shell Beach marsh!

Christopher Loscalzo closcalz at optonline.net
Tue Jul 8 22:15:39 EDT 2014

7/8/14, 6 to 6:30 pm, in Guilford, at Shell Beach marsh:  a real feeding
frenzy of wading birds and shorebirds in the marsh at Shell Beach in
Guilford this evening. There were ~ 100 Snowy Egrets, 16 Great Egrets, 46
Glossy Ibis plus one WHITE-FACED IBIS and two TRICOLORED HERON all feeding
in a shallow pool in the middle of the marsh.  The White-faced Ibis was
likely the same bird reported from this location on 7/6 by Paul Wolter and,
intriguingly, looks to me to be a different individual from the one seen in
Hammonasset Beach SP the past few weeks.   This bird had a less well-defined
light stripe around the light face and red eye. The face color seemed
different as well.  Both the Hammo and Shell Beach White-faced Ibis had
long, all-gray decurved bills and were slightly larger than the Glossy Ibis
with which they kept company. Other birds getting in on the action were a
dozen Greater Yellowlegs, one Lesser Yellowlegs, and several Mallards.  Full
report on ebird.  


Chris Loscalzo, 




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