[CT Birds] Jaeger summary
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Fri Sep 18 07:47:38 EDT 2015
Thanks, Patrick, for promptly alerting the CT birding community of the jaeger(s) and Harlequin Duck at Stratford Point yesterday, as well as the past week.
In reviewing the photos you, Brian Kulvete, and I obtained yesterday, I think that we repeatedly saw the same dark/intermediate juvenile PARASITIC JAEGER. It put on quite a show, and at least twice came in fairly close to parasitize Laughing Gulls for their fish food. It was a life bird for at least two of the birders present. Good stuff.
Now if we can pick out a Sabine's Gull among the lot….
On Friday, September 18, 2015 7:18 AM, "Comins, Patrick via CTBirds" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
It has been quite a run with the sea-watching at Stratford Point this week! Yesterday it seems there were five separate sightings of a jaeger, all of which were of relatively dark individuals. Some observers are convinced there were two separate birds, a larger and a smaller one. So far no evidence of anything but a Parasitic has come out and two sets of shots were definitely a Parasitic. The sightings were at the following times:
1:30 PM Dark bird, likely Parasitic
1:45 PM Dark Parasitic
3:43 PM large dark bird showing limited white in the greater primary coverts, but still likely Parasitic
5:10 PM Dark parasitic
6:13 PM Dark bird with fairly large bill, but still likely Parastic
Interestingly the bird (s) sighted yesterday were not a great match for the birds sighted two days ago, one of which was a rusty colored juvenile Parasitic and the other of which was a darker (but perhaps with a white belly) likely Parasitic.
Photos of yesterday and Tuesday's birds can be found here, photos 51-55:
I'll post if any feeding frenzies are getting going today.
In addition to the jaegers yesterday, the Harlequin Duck was showing well yesterday afternoon after being missing much of the day and a juvenile Bonaparte's Gull was seen. One or more Prairie Warblers was hanging out near the office. Charlie Barnard had a brief sighting of a Connecticut or Mourning Warbler near the gate and the grass-leaved goldenrod is in bloom on the north side of the office. This plant is a butterfly magnet and is hosting multiple common buckeyes and gray hairstreaks.
Patrick M. Comins
Director of Bird Conservation
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