[CT Birds] CACC
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Wed Jul 16 22:17:39 EDT 2014
7/16/14 Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center 9am-1PM, rainy,
overcast, then clearing, 73-78F,
low tide rising.
At 9AM the female osprey was on the nest with 3 chicks. Male was on perch
with a flounder. male then brought the fish to the nest and the female
proceeded to feed each of the 3 chicks. The chicks are now starting to
feed themselves too.
On the marsh: 11 MALLARDS, 6 D.C. CORMORANTS, 8 SNOWY EGRETS, 6 GREAT
EGRETS, MUTE SWANS, LEAST & COMMON TERNS-observed diving for fish, 3 YELLOW
CROWNED NIGHT HERONS- 2 on marsh, 1 a flyover, 2 separate flocks of
SANDPIPER TYPES flying through marsh (one with about 50 birds and the other
with over 100). When the flocks landed, I observed both LEAST SANDPIPERS
AND SEMI PALMATED SANDPIPERS, possibly others in groups too.
On grounds: COMMON GRACKLES, ROBINS, CATBIRDS, A MOCKINGBIRD,2 CAROLINA
the PURPLE MARTINS in and around gourds with both adults & juveniles seen,
6 MOURNING DOVES, 13 JUVENILE STARLINGS all feeding on ground and eating
berries from trees, SONG SPARROWS, A BARN SWALLOW, and 1 female ORCHARD
ORIOLE feeding in the basswood trees.
Bev Propen, Orange
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