Date: 4/6/18 12:11 pm
From: Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] COA Gull Workshop, TOMORROW, Saturday 4/7
Hi all,

We are a 'go' for tomorrow's workshop on gull identification. The weather
looks like it's going to hold off just to our south. Still, I would
recommend bringing appropriate clothing in case we are surprised by a stray
rain/snow shower. Given the temperatures, winter gear is recommended.

You can read below for prior messages in this chain, but to summarize, we
are beginning at 8am at Stratford Point, 1207 Prospect Dr, Stratford, CT.
Drive through the open gate, up the driveway, and to the building at the
end of the driveway. The presentation will begin at 8am inside the
building. The talk, including breaks, should take about 90 minutes. From
there, we hit the field to study the gulls in real life.

Carpool if you can, as we will be traveling to many spots along the coast
in search of gull flocks. There will be an option to leave a few vehicles
at Stratford Point if need be, for collection later in the day.

We will be permitted to use the restrooms at Stratford Point.


On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 2:18 PM, Nick Bonomo <nbonomo...> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm looking forward to this weekend's gull workshop. Here is a brief
> rundown of the plan for those of you hoping to attend. We will start at 8am
> with a presentation on gull identification at Stratford Point. From there,
> we will search the coast for gull flocks, which tend to be very mobile at
> this time of year! It may take some time to find our quarry. Our most
> likely first stop in the field will be Southport Beach in Fairfield, due to
> its history of producing gull variety in early April. After
> Southport/Fairfield we would then work our way back to the east, chasing
> the flocks as needed. However, this is not set in stone - we will start
> wherever the late week reports dictate. There is no set end time for the
> workshop as we will be making several stops, and the gulls' habits are very
> unpredictable! Feel free to leave at any point in our travels. Stefan
> Martin will also be leading the field portion of the workshop.
> At the presentation we will talk about the spring gull migration through
> Connecticut and what causes them to concentrate here. The talk will be
> geared towards all levels, with an aim to simplify gull ID for those who
> have not spent much time studying gulls. Many photos will be shown!
> It is worth mentioning that there is supposed to be a snow event not very
> far to our south on Saturday. There is a chance it could track far enough
> north to bring us snow and postpone the workshop to SUNDAY (4/8). We will
> post a decision Friday PM.
> Hope to see many of you there, assuming Mother Nature cooperates :)
> Let me know if any questions.
> Dress warmly! Winter refuses to leave...
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
> "The COA Gull Workshop, led by Nick Bonomo, will be held on Saturday,
> April 7th starting with an indoor session at 8AM at Stratford Point. After
> the indoor session we will follow the gulls along the coast.
> All are welcome, bring a scope if you have one
> Bill Batsford
> COA Workshop Coordinator"
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