[CT Birds] CORY'S SHEARWATERS - Long Is. Sound, CT (& NY)

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Mon Aug 31 22:11:04 EDT 2015

8/31  Long Is. Sound, off New London, CT & Orient, NY - Two CORY'S SHEARWATERS seen in CT waters sitting on water, then in flight, from M.V. John H., which departed New London 1:00pm. Well seen by all three observers, and photographed by FM.  Later on return trip from Orient, NY, one CORY'S SHEARWATER (possibly one of the same) was seen in flight (heading west, then north), mid-Sound, ahead of the ferry. We continued watching this bird for 5-6 minutes, with both the bird and us definitely entering into CT waters. Google maps on iPhone was used to definitely determine location of ferry with respect to state border. 
There are very few records of Cory's Shearwater from CT, but several observers - either riding these ferries, or viewing from Great Gull Is., NY - have been reporting this species in this region of LI Sound daily for the past 3-4 days.

EBird checklists, with attached photos by me, are here:http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24841772

Frank Mantlik, with Greg Hanisek & Frank Gallo

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