[CT Birds] Milford-West Haven coast

Tina and Peter Green petermgreen at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 24 12:09:02 EDT 2015


Nick,
FYI,I have been checking Southport Beach as well as Sunken Island in Fairfield for Bonaparte's Gulls in particular. None this morning. 

Tina Green
Westport
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> On Mar 24, 2015, at 11:38 AM, Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> 
> I took a quick run from Charles Island (Milford) to Sandy Point (West
> Haven) mid-morning today to check for plankton-feeding gulls. There
> was almost no sign of any plankton-feeding birds along that stretch of
> coast today, and gull and waterfowl numbers were very low overall. No
> Bonaparte's Gulls to be found, which is interesting to note, as we
> should be in the peak for this species' spring staging period in Long
> Island Sound.
> 
> The Oyster River mouth, on the Milford/West Haven line, used to be,
> along with South Cove in Old Saybrook, the prime spot for spring
> Bonaparte's Gull flocks numbering in the hundreds to even thousands.
> Over the past handful of years Southport Beach in Fairfield has become
> the hotspot for this species and associated rarities (Black-headed and
> Little Gulls), though in far lower numbers than we used to see.
> 
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
> www.shorebirder.com
> 
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