[CT Birds] Stratford Point
PCOMINS at audubon.org
Thu Sep 3 10:51:45 EDT 2015
The driveway work is completed so the gate is open today and should be for at least part of tomorrow (I have a radio interview in Middletown in AM, so won't be here until late morning). For the weekend I don't think I'll be down here at all so the gate will probably be closed, but email me with Stratford Point Gate in the subject line if you would like to arrange access.
Today there are still several hundred terns going back and forth, currently on the sandbars in the river. A few (2-3) Roseate Terns passed by pretty close to shore on the way in from the Sound as I was unloading my car this morning in a big flock of Common Terns. ~100 Chimney Swifts with a few Tree and Barn Swallows were hunting over the point as I arrived and one hummingbird passed by.
No sign of the Stilt Sandpiper at the Warehouse Pool this morning, nor any Westerns at the Access Pool, though there were a couple of Short-billed Dowitchers feeding and one Pectoral Sandpiper there.
Earlier in the week (Monday), I had at least five Western Sandpipers in the high tide roosting flock on the north shore of the point. There were still some swarthy skippers and I had an Ocala skipper in the nectar garden outside the window. A variegated fritillary was a nice treat over the weekend.
Several shots of the westerns starting here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153263499849480&set=a.10153126398394480.1073741918.730539479&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xtp1%2Ft31.0-8%2F11885044_10153263499849480_5537027013603638255_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xpa1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F11951785_10153263499849480_5537027013603638255_n.jpg%3Foh%3D99232f4c96463e90dbe3e8a5064985b3%26oe%3D56703872&size=2048%2C1538
I also had this very bright peep juvenile peep that is clearly not a western...kind of stinty?
There may be a volunteer opportunity coming up in September or October to help install a small water feature, some bird-attracting trees and a butterfly garden thanks to the funds from the Two Roads Brewing Company's Shore to Pour race.
Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
President, Friends of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge
185 East Flat Hill Road
Southbury, CT 06488
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