[CT Birds] Piping Plover, plankton feeding etc

Nick Bonomo nbonomo at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 18:01:24 EST 2016


Hi all,

I ran the coast from West Haven to Stratford this morning and also
checked a few places between Fairfield and Norwalk. The only place I
saw significant plankton feeding was behind Charles Island in Milford
- the birds were way too far offshore to critically study. There were
also many gulls and waterfowl at Long Beach in Stratford, but most
were on shore after noon when I was there.

Finding the plankton-feeding birds can be very hit or miss. One area
may be good for several days, while other areas can change drastically
from day to day. Even hour-to-hour this can change very rapidly with
birds moving up-and-down the coast and on-and-off shore. If you come
to the coast looking to find these birds, be prepared to cover a fair
amount of coast in your search. Sometimes a location with thousands of
birds the day before can be totally void of birds the next day. Just
work the coast until you [hopefully] find them!

Notables at Long Beach included a PIPING PLOVER and a continuing adult
ICELAND GULL.

Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
www.shorebirder.com




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