[CT Birds] Sandy Point Bald Eagle Pair

Colleen Lord clordtalbot at gmail.com
Sat Apr 2 15:00:46 EDT 2016

11:30am I meant to have a quick stop-off off at West Haven Boat Ramp in the rain on way back from taking son to dr in New Haven. Surprised to find a gorgeous Bald Eagle pair sitting on the beach at the end of Sandy Point. At 12:07pm one and then the other flew off toward the water plant.  Wonderfully, they turned and flew directly over our vehicle- and me without a camera. Great views from the moonroof though.  I watched them in the binocs land in a tree on First Ave. Drove over and found them just north of North St. very close to the road. I remembered my son had his old iPhone 4 and we got a few horrible, zoomed in pics through the rainy windshield. They stayed until 12:24pm then took off toward West River. Presumably the Yale baseball field pair?  Do they not have eggs yet? Also a Great Egret flew over for a minute from SP to the boat ramp shore. 

Other favorites in the rain this morning included a lively Long-tailed Duck pretty close to Anchor Beach. No Purple Sandpipers at that time though. Two Osprey nest building at Cove St Marsh with a Great Cormorant watching. No Osprey at the new Anderson St Marsh platforms but a Great Egret nearby. Also at least two Cattle Egret popping their heads up from the grasses. 

As I'm writing this at 2:45pm, my friend Tim just texted me saying he has his first ever Bald Eagle in a tree through his window scope (11th floor Soundview Apts facing Nhvn harbor and Sandy Point)... so it looks like they're still in the area, or have returned. 

Colleen Lord

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