Date: 8/29/17 6:25 am From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] 8/26 CTYBC shorebird trip, 8/27 New Haven area
Hi all, apologies for the belated report (kinda...everything unusual here had already been reported in some capacity).
On Saturday the 26th, I accompanied the Connecticut Young Birders Club on a CT Shorebird Day. We ran the coast from Old Lyme to Stratford and tallied 21 species of shorebird on the day - pretty good!
Highlights included: Old Lyme, Griswold Pt - flyby Pectoral Sandpiper Old Lyme, Watch Rock - White-rumped Sandpiper, Forster's Tern West Haven, Sandy Pt - juv Baird's Sandpiper, juv Red Knot Milford, Milford Pt - juv American Golden-Plover, Whimbrel, juv Western Sandpiper (perhaps two)
While shorebird diversity was good, numbers were down on the heels of that strong August cold front. Tern numbers were also low everywhere except for New Haven Harbor, where a high concentration of small baitfish and predatory Bluefish continues.
On Sunday the 27th, I returned to Sandy Pt early in the morning and had the continuing Baird's Sandpiper and Red Knot. The terns were out feeding in the harbor.
Given the stiff north breeze over the harbor, I headed to Lighthouse Point in New Haven. The woods were quiet (per usual there, these days). I set up at the Hawk watch from 1020-1120 in time to catch the tail end of the north breeze before it died and shifted onshore. There were a few raptors migrating before the wind turned: 1 Sharp-shin, 1 Bald Eagle, 1 Northern Harrier, and 3 Osprey. All of these birds acted as migrants and were followed as they cleared over the harbor.