[CT Birds] Frigatebird search?

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Thu Sep 29 20:33:29 EDT 2016

Nick (and Julian),
Thanks for the info on the sighting (Frigatebirds have a unique appearance in flight), and for suggestions about searching to relocate it.
I would just like to add that Frigatebirds are usually over coastal or ocean waters. But they can also fly over inland land space away from water. For instance, they can soar across large islands such as Jamaica, or can transect the isthmus of Panama. I mention this to alert all birders to keep an eye skyward the next few days, even if you're away from the CT River or coastal areas.

Good hunting,

Frank Mantlik

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> On Sep 29, 2016, at 7:51 PM, Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> CTBirders (& Massbirders),
> Julian Hough just received the following additional correspondence
> from Lynn, the reporter of today's CT River frigatebird. It reads: "To
> answer your question - it was flying upriver (past the three lower
> Portland marinas) - up towards the MDTN police docks/ sewer plant area
> - where it circled lazily for quite a while over that side of the
> river. I had to go inside to get a coat and when I came out, it was
> gone. But what a sight!! MEGA bird is right :)"
> Interesting that it was seen apparently moving upriver. There is no
> reference to whether or not the ID of this distinctive species was
> made with the naked eye or binoculars, etc.
> I have a few hours to look in the morning, and I suggest others do as
> well. Anywhere along the Connecticut River makes good sense. Either
> sitting put and waiting at a river view or actively searching the
> region could work. Hopefully there will be several folks spread out
> looking. Even well upriver or downriver from the sighting - the bird
> could have moved quite a long way in the few hours between the report
> and dark.
> Keep in mind that the bird may be roosting for some time in the
> morning, depending on the weather and/or its health. So check snags
> and pilings.
> I ask that folks be proactive with providing updates tomorrow via the
> listserv and phone/text networks. Even negative reports will do. A
> report of "have been scanning for an hour from Location X, and no sign
> of it, but plan to stick around" is useful, as it let's us know which
> places are being covered. I will do the same.
> If you're lucky enough to see this bird, try to get a photo if you
> can. While Magnificent Frigatebird is the default species, there are
> other possibilities that have turned up in North America before. Then,
> get the word out with location and direction of movement (if it is
> flying)...it will be chase-able if it is following the river.
> Good luck!
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
> www.shorebirder.com
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