[CT Birds] Great Egret reaches Hell Hollow Pond (Pachaug State Forest)
brianw15th2v at att.net
Sun Aug 30 09:57:43 EDT 2015
Saturday early evening on Hell Hollow Pond (on the county border in Plainfield) one medium-sized great egret was wading in the pond after I had been searching Mt. Misery Brook for nearly an hour south of the pond (which is Voluntown). Trying to get closer in the fading daytime light I nearly bumped right into the egret and it scrambled through treetops where I didn't see any others.
The surrounding forest was filled with cagey birds while I flushed out some lake junk. Before leaving after seven a spotted sandpiper with non-breeding plumage flew to a rock near the shore in front of me and paused a few minutes before flying back to a dried-up area of the pond. Once again I failed to recognize any other peeps inside the pond which appeared empty of waterfowl except one kingfisher and several black ducks which flew away together.
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