[CT Birds] Milford, Stratford highlights from 4/9: Yellowlegs, Loons, Grebes, Egrets, Ibises, + unusual Grackle

James Winkelmann james.winkelmann at gmail.com
Fri Apr 10 11:31:02 EDT 2015


Apologies for the late posting as this is from yesterday April 9th, but
nothing that hasn't been reported previously.  Still, some good birds, and
one very unusual Grackle, link to (very poor) image below.

*Silver Sands State Park, Milford:*

Wild Turkey - 1
Red-winged Blackbird - 50+
Starling - 100's
Common Grackle - 45+
Brown-headed Cowbird - 25+
Carolina Wren - 2
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
Acc. sp - 1 (prob. Cooper's with long tail and large head, but pretty far
away)
Song Sparrow - 5
Northern Flicker - 1
Great Egret - 4
Green Winged Teal - 9
Greater Yellowlegs - 1 (bill much longer than head, slightly upturned,
relatively thick "knees")
Belted Kingfisher - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 5
Greater Scaup
Herring, RB Gulls, Brant
Red-throated Loon - 1, basic plumage
Cardinal / Robin / Chickadee / Titmouse / Goldfinch / Am. Crow / M. Dove /
Downy / Red-bellied WP


*Milford Harbor, Milford (from Wilcox Park as previously reported - thanks
for the tip!):*

Red-necked Grebe - 1, beautiful breeding plumage
Horned Grebe - 2, transitional plumage, one almost complete
** Common Grackle - 1, apparently partially leucistic, with a white head.
Here is a link to a very poor, distant photo.   You'll need some photo
manipulation software or a tablet to zoom in to get a decent look (iphone
held up to the scope trick!), but it was an interesting looking bird.  Any
comments clarifying ID welcome!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/0v9rvz30g5xoa72/AACcR6RnEC8HrFQgjvE5veBZa?dl=0




*Birdseye Boat Ramp, Stratford*

Northern Shoveler - 1
Horned Grebe - 2
Am. Coot
Am. Wigeon
Gadwall
Dbl Crested Cormorant - 4
Great Egret - 2
Snowy Egret - 1
Red-breasted Merganser
Hooded Merganser
RB and HERG


*Office park pond (across street and S of Frash Pond), Stratford:*

Yellow-crowned Night Heron - 1
Tree Swallows - 55+ all swirling around the pond, pretty cool


*Rt. 113 & Access Rd pond, Stratford:*

Glossy Ibis - 2
Snowy Egret - 2
Great Blue Heron - 2
Northern Shoveler - 2, drake and hen


*Long Beach, Stratford:*

Common Loon - 2
Red-throated Loon - 2
Great Egret - 3


Nice day!


James Winkelmann
Monroe



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