[CT Birds] Lower CT River night marsh birding
gswilliams9 at yahoo.com
Sun Jun 4 10:11:31 EDT 2017
Phil Rusch, Nick Bonomo, and I searched marshes in Essex, Old Saybrook, and Old Lyme last night from 9pm to 1am. We covered only a percentage of quality territory and did not get to some known locations good for marsh birds. It was an interesting night with a lot of persistent territorial calling of Virginia Rails - 21 total including at least nine at one location. Also of note was a King/Clapper Rail. We had both cuckoos at one stop. As expected, Marsh Wrens were ubiquitous, while Willow Flycatchers and Swamp Sparrows were vocal at several places. Phil and I did a similar route last weekend and had less rails (no moon a factor?), but two Least Bitterns. Three species of owls called spontaneously. Little wind on both nights optimized listening range.
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