Date: 4/7/19 6:03 pm From: Arthur Shippee via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Waite bridge & Lake Whitney, Apr 6, 2019
Waite St. Bridge: the Upper Lake Whitney heronry seems to be growing apace. Saturday, I watched some GBHE's hauling branches up to nests — one even dropped a particularly big branch into the lake. I counted 11 nests, I'm not sure if all are active this year, and I may have missed some. Short of getting RWA permission for a drone overflight, I'm not quite sure how to census accurately. Met a couple of photographers there, too, it's a hopping place (Hi, S., hope the drive home wasn't bad!)
Some Osprey wandering around & hanging out by the platform; not sure if the pair will get its act together this year.
Report below; also, 10 Ring-necked Ducks (8M/2F) in another part of the lake.
Arthur Shippee, Hamden.
> Begin forwarded message: > > From: <ebird-checklist...> > Subject: eBird Report - Waite bridge & causeway Lake Whitney, Apr 6, 2019 > Date: April 7, 2019 at 5:08:21 PM EDT > To: <ashippee...> > > Waite bridge & causeway Lake Whitney, New Haven, Connecticut, US > Apr 6, 2019 3:40 PM - 4:00 PM > Protocol: Stationary > 5 species > > Blue-winged Teal 7 > Gadwall 28 Gadwall & Teal up by Mill R. mouth > Pied-billed Grebe 1 > Great Blue Heron 13 At least 13 birds, likely a few more. > > At least 11 nests, I believe, not sure if all active. It's hard to find & count them, & sometimes a heron can sit low & all but hidden. > > At least two (probably 1 or 2 more) birds actively bringing nesting material (one dropped a nice big chunk). > Osprey 3 One bird sitting by/on the platform nest for a while, eventually flying off. Two other birds, one feeding most of the time, the other flying around as if hunting. I didn't see interchange among them; another photographer there reported some calling back & forth. We'll see. > > View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54686243 > > This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)