[CT Birds] CT coast 7/29 - Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Long-billed Dow, Stilt Sand

Nick Bonomo nbonomo at gmail.com
Wed Jul 30 18:33:08 EDT 2014

Hi all, I forgot to mention the most exciting sighting of the day, when
Andy Griswold spotted a SEA TURTLE (non-Leatherback) that popped up briefly
adjacent to our oil slick. The animal submerged before the rest of us could
get on it.

Also, I have posted a more detailed summary of the day with photos on my

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 7:14 PM, Nick Bonomo <nbonomo at gmail.com> wrote:

> All,
> Had a very enjoyable day birding with Glenn Williams, Phil Rusch, and Andy
> Griswold in part. Highlights as follows:
> Old Lyme, Griswold Pt with GW and PR- flyby SOLITARY SANDPIPER, moderate
> numbers of common shorebirds, very few terns other than nesting Leasts, all
> 6 expected swallow species including a single CLIFF SWALLOW with most birds
> obviously migrating.
> ebird checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19256331
> Old Lyme, offshore with AG, GW and PR - We set up a fish oil slick around
> 11:00am at 41.230619, -72.303386 on a 10-15mph breeze from the west. After
> 30-45 minutes of chumming, a single WILSON'S STORM-PETREL flew in directly
> from the east. The bird worked the slick briefly before moving on. Another
> half-hour of chumming produced no more birds.
> Lower CT River from Deep River to Essex with AG, GW and PR - 16 FORSTER'S
> TERNS including family groups with begging juveniles. Some of these could
> be scoped from the Deep River town dock looking up river.
> Guilford, Shell Beach Rd marsh with GW and PR - 2 adult LITTLE BLUE
> HERONS, very good shorebird numbers including 650 Semipalmated Sandpipers,
> my first juvenile Least Sandpipers of the season, the continuing STILT
> SANDPIPER and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (the only dowiticher on site while we
> were there), and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
> www.shorebirder.com
> nbonomo(at)gmail(dot)com

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