Date: 4/11/19 6:28 am
From: Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: [CT Birds] ROSS'S GULL historic find
Good morning all,Here's a bit of CT ornithological history.
Thirty-five years ago today, on April 11, 1984, the late Ray Schwartz and Dennis Varza discovered an adult ROSS'S GULL at the Oyster River mouth on the border of Milford and West Haven. It was the first (and only) Ross's Gull documented in Connecticut. This rare gull from arctic Siberia was among a large flock of several thousand migrating Bonaparte's Gulls that came to rest and preen on the mudflats at low tide. While it was very difficult to pick out among the throngs of Bonies, as many as 200 birders got to see this amazing rarity during its stay through April 22. Hats off to the late, great Ray and Dennis.

Many of us "old-timers" have been searching for the 2nd state record ever since then. We'll keep looking!
Frank MantlikStratford

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