[CT Birds] Norwalk Oystercatchers

lpflynn at optonline.net lpflynn at optonline.net
Wed Jul 1 22:33:31 EDT 2015

Norwalk Islands

Boat survey with Luis Martin (AUD. CT) 57 American Oystercatchers.
41 adult
16 juv.
2 (inc) renesting on Cockenoe sandspit.
This is a very impressive number for this time of year, (it swells at migration staging aug/sept) even then this is a very good number.

4-5 hundred DCCO (cormorants)nesting on Goose Is Westport
150 Great Black-back Gulls and young on Goose Is Westport
10 or so Willet
Too many to count Osprey
Herring Gulls galore
Three Ruddy Turnstones 
200+ Common Terns
1 very odd Mallard x Black Duck x ?
1 clam catching DC Corm with hardshell clam locked on to it's lower bill, this is my second encounter with this event.

On a personnel note,
It so nice that the CT State Parks are not in charge of running/ruining this very incredible world of offshore islands!

Larry Flynn
Norwalk, CT

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