Date: 7/28/20 1:59 pm
From: C Wood via CTBirds <ctbirds...>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Cockenoe Island
For anyone curious about what this sand spit and its birds look like, I’ve posted an album of photos from the past four years. Enjoy

https://www.flickr.com/gp/cswood-photos/7H3Y71 <https://www.flickr.com/gp/cswood-photos/7H3Y71>

Chris Wood
Woodbury, CT
203 558-0654

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Blog: WoodWarbling <http://cswood022.blogspot.com/?m=0>


> On Jul 28, 2020, at 1:04 AM, Larry via CTBirds <ctbirds...> wrote:
>
> 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
>
> and
> http://long-tails.blogspot.com/2010/07/terns-survived.html
> a bit more
> http://long-tails.blogspot.com/2010/07/least-terns-is-third-nesting-attemp.html
>
> These blogs are a small historical look at the terns 2010 nesting season on
> Cockenoe, back then there were almost as many Least Terns as Common, wow
> that has changed.
> Two of Patricks interns and I spent some midnight hours studying the
> spring tide effects on the bar...
> http://long-tails.blogspot.com/2012/06/flooded-cockenoe-island-nest-site.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!!!
>
> Larry Flynn
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