Date: 7/27/20 6:16 pm
From: Paul Plotnick via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Common Tern Colony at Cockenoe Island, Westport, sad news...
There were a few flying around the Cummings Beach area in Stamford a few
days ago but not diving for fish.

On Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 9:05 PM Frank Mantlik via CTBirds <
<ctbirds...> wrote:

> Sean,Thanks for your report on the Common Tern colony at Cockenoe. What
> disappointing news! Such a shame. Do you think it was a result of high-tide
> flooding? Or maybe a collapse in prey fish, as last year? Or both?
> This coincides with the huge influx of adult Common Terns in the mouth of
> the Housatonic River in the past week. I estimated 550 at/near Milford
> Point yesterday. I saw only a few fresh juveniles and one 1st-summer bird.
> My suspicion was that these flocks were here due to nest failure at area
> colonies (possibly Falkner Is., Cockenoe Is, and Great Gull Is.).
> Best,
> Frank MantlikStratford
> On Monday, July 27, 2020, 02:26:55 PM EDT, Sean Murtha via CTBirds <
> <ctbirds...> wrote:
>
>
> A visit on Sunday afternoon by kayak to the Common Tern nesting colony on
> the Cockenoe Island sandbar revealed a disappointing outcome... the colony
> was deserted, with only one juvenile tern seen on the bar, and later a few
> flyover adult terns, with perhaps another juvenile (or the same one).
> Numbers were well into the hundreds just the weekend before, so we fear
> that the intervening Spring tides may have washed over the site. A sad
> outcome, but an ever-present risk and one that has happened before.
>
> Oystercatchers also nest on the sandbar, and several were still present,
> though only one still in juvenile plumage. Very few shorebirds were there
> when we were, but numbers of Ring-billed Gulls and Laughing Gulls were up.
>
> -Sean (and Brendan) Murtha, Norwalk
>
> www.seanmurthaart.com
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