Date: 7/27/20 10:05 pm From: Larry via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Cockenoe Island
The recent reports perked my interest, some may recall me doing a silly blog about the Norwalk Islands a decade ago, Prior to 2010 there were about zero nesting birds on the Cockenoe sandspit for a number of years, yes it was a hotspot at times during the 70's on into perhaps the 80's, Mr. Mantlik please chime in on that. When I was youngster back in the early 60's there was a whole lot more land to this sand spit, Our family used to boat there to picnic and swim on summer weekends, that sand spit was long and much wider back then, today there is only remnants of what was, these days with every passing nor-easter and hurricane Cockenoe and other islands in the Norwalk Island chain are becoming less and less in acreage. There were two major noreasters over the previous winter and it changed the landscape of the sandspit. After the terns arrived Dennis Varza remarked to me that the landscape change probably made suitable habitat for the newly nesting terns, here is my blog on what led up to this point. Please excuse my poor grammar and spelling. http://long-tails.blogspot.com/2010/05/chicks-and-terns.html followed by... http://long-tails.blogspot.com/2010/06/here-come-babies.html then.. http://long-tails.blogspot.com/2010/07/4th-of-july-is-official-start-of-summer.html
There are years more of these blogs, no need for me to go on, Hopefully folks will have an understanding of the erosion of this tiny sand spit and some of the wildlife that tries to evolve around it. Note: these 2010 blogs are a decade old, the spit has lost more earth since, so lesser tides will cause more havoc. Please, someone save this history. I may never repeat it. Thank you to Tina, Sean, Brendan and others for keeping up with the Norwalk Islands! Great Job!!!