[CT Birds] kites and shorebirds

julian hough jrhough1 at snet.net
Tue Jul 15 09:34:57 EDT 2014

95% of Miss. Kites occurring in summer in the north-east are second-calendar year (one year old) birds with few adults being recorded. It goes without saying that the presence in summer of an adult suggests, as many have surmised, that this is probably an inication that they are breeding still in the area.

Just a note and heads-up to people out shorebirding in the next couple of weeks. Historically-speaking this is the prime time of year to look for rare shorebirds caught up in the southbound movement of peeps that will soon be staging in bigger numbers at key spots in CT. 

Many might feel it is early, but there is a distinct peak of adult birds that usually congregate at Sandy and Milford Pts beginning now until early August.

The following Eurasian species have occurred in the past, in CT and/or the surrounding states, and should be kept in mind when sifting through peeps: Red-necked and Little Stints, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Eurasian Whimbrel, Pacific Golden Plover and Mongolian Plover.

The latter two are not on the CT list yet but with records from Massachusetts and New York and Rhode Island respectively, these two species are within the realm of possibility - any golden plover in July that appears to still be in full-breeding plumage should be scrutinized (American's often are in molt in July since they start the process earlier).

Think of these possibilities - as Louis Pasteur said "Chance favors the prepared mind".

...and remember to try and put the news out on any good birds as soon as you can!

Good hunting! 


Julian Hough
New Haven, CT 06519


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