On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 1:03:46 PM EDT, Beverly Propen < <bpropen...> wrote:
7/8/20-Milford, Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center, 9am-11am. low tide, sunny/partly cloudy, 83F. I was greeted by the Song sparrow that sits in the tree where I park. The Purple Martin colony continues to be active, as I watched adults bringing food to some chicks. 3 Chicks' heads peeking out of one gourd and 2 seen with heads out from another gourd. 4 Starlings sitting on top of gourd tower. On marsh: 4 ospreys on marsh-our male on his perch eating a fish, female on nest with young; another male on mudflats eating a fish and another flying with fish in its talons. 11 mute swans, 3 Snowy Egret, 1 Great Egret on marsh.
On grounds and trails: American Robins are doing very well- there were 12 juveniles at the water feature, as well as 8 others on the grounds; 2 juvenile Common Grackles also at water feature. Singing Carolina Wren, House wren, Ruby throated hummingbird had just left the feeder, 14 Mourning doves throughout the grounds.
The tree swallow young seem to have fledged. On the Long Island sound side- Fiddler crabs everywhere! 9 Piping plovers including 2 chicks and 1 adult on nest, about 27 Least Terns including 2 pairs- 1 pair with a chick. The chick went up to the adult and was pushing against it as if begging for food. It then plopped down several times into the sand. 6 American Oystercatchers including 2 chicks. The chicks followed the adults everywhere and would forage wherever they saw the adults poking around. 4 Common Terns-2 may have been on nest; 5 Great black backed gulls-1 I believe is a juvenile-having a very speckled black and white back. Also seen, 2 Woodchucks, and 1 vole. Beverly Propen, Orange _______________________________________________ This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org