[CT Birds] Stratford Point Stilt Sandpiper
PCOMINS at audubon.org
Thu Aug 11 19:48:24 EDT 2016
I had a Stilt Sandpiper fly by at Stratford Point this afternoon. I think it might be a new species for the Point list. It flew by twice, once overhead calling with Short-billed Dowitchers, then flying around off the north beach in loose association with a Lesser Yellowlegs. Unfortunately it flew off around the point. Glad I got to hear the call yesterday so I recognized it!
Good numbers of Semipalmated Sandpipers with about 3,000, but they are very jumpy at high tide. A falling tide seems to offer better opportunities for viewing and photography. There was at least one White-rumped Sandpiper in the flock today. Scott and I also had White-rumped Sandpiper and an fading adult Western Sandpiper on Tuesday evening. We also had a small group of possible/probable Red-necked Phalaropes flying west offshore on Tuesday. I was too busy trying to get more scopes on them to get a great look, but I think Scott saw more detail than I did.
Orchard Orioles continue to be regular at the Point and a few more migrant landbirds like Gray Catbird and Common Yellowthroat are starting to show up.
Patrick M. Comins, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Connecticut
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