Date: 10/27/18 11:20 am From: Jory Teltser via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Westport Sea and Warbler(!) Watching
Compo Beach, Westport: 8:30 - 12:00
I decided to spend the morning at Compo Beach seawatching during this Nor'easter. Visibility was extremely low, so storm-related birds were hard to come by. After a couple hours of this, I decided to walk around the beach to see what else there was around. When I reached the kayak racks, I walked the edge of the goldenrod bordering the rocky shore, and was a little surprised to see a handful of warblers and other small migrants feeding in them. For the next hour or so, I walked back and forth along this 50ft edge of beach and watched birds fly in off the water and land along the rocks, sand, and goldenrod. Birds would fly in every 10 or 15 minutes, and while diversity and numbers were low, it was still neat to see birds, completely soaked and exhausted, fly in off the water and land at my feet. Below is my eBird checklist, and a more detail about the warbler phenomenon.