Saturday, September 22, 2018

Return of the mystery gull, 9/22/18

Return of the mystery gull, 9/22/18.  This evening, on Trumbull Avenue Beach in Milford, I found a gull that seems to be the same as the one I found at Napatree Point in R I.  on 9/9/18. After about 5 minutes it flew in the direction of Gulf Beach.   Probably a leucistic Herring Gull, esp. because its head is not as rounded as an Iceland should be, and because Iceland Gulls are rare at time time of year here.  A video and photos below:

















Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Roseate Spoonbill, videos, photos, Milford Point, 9/19/18

Roseate Spoonbill, Milford Point, 9/19/18.  First found at Raven Pond Park in Stratford on the 15th, this bird, the first recorded in Connecticut, was relocated roosting with egrets at Milford Point yesterday, and found this morning at the main sandbar at Milford Point.  Seems to be a juvenile.  A few record photos and videos below.

















Monday, September 17, 2018

Milford Pt 9/16/18 American Golden-Plover, Red Knots, Black Skimmers persist

Milford Pt 9/16/18 shorebirds

American Golden-Plover with Black-bellied Plovers, Milford Point, 8/16/18

AMOY juv, Milford Point, 8/16/18

BBPL band, Milford Point, 8/16/18

banded BBPLY with juv Red KnotMilford Point, 8/16/18

2 Red Knots, BBPL, Sanderling, SBDO,  Milford Point, 8/16/18

2 Red Knots, BBPL, Sanderling, SBDO, Milford Point, 8/16/18

3 of 6 Black Skimmers, Milford Point, 9/16/18

banded BBPL with Herring GU, Milford Point 9/16/18

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Black Skimmer (juv, banded), 9/12/18; Western Sandpiper, SESA, 9/11/18, WRSA 9/118

At Milford Point, Black Skimmer (juv, banded), 9/12/18; Western Sandpiper, SESA, 9/11/18.  First, video of Western Sandpiper  with SESAs.  All seem to be juveniles.


Western Sandpiper (left) with SESAs, 9/11/18 Milford Pt

Western Sandpiper (center-left) with SESAs, 9/11/18 Milford Pt

DC Cormorant, Milford Pt, 9/11/18

Black Skimmer, Milford Pt, 9/12/18 banded (from NY)

Black Skimmer, Milford Pt, 9/12/18 banded (from NY)

White-rumped Sandpipers (3) at Milford Point on 9/15/18 (there were 4 on 9/14/1).  Note wings extending beyond the tail; this molting adult retains some adult flank streaking.






Monday, September 10, 2018

Napatree Point, RI, 9/9/18, leucistic Herring Gull?

Napatree Point, RI, 9/9/18, leucistic Herring Gull.  Pressed for time, I took a few photos of this unusual looking gull near the first pond area at Napatree Point.  Because of the sloped head, Iceland Gull, with its rounded head, seems unlikely.  Most probably this is a leucistic Herring Gull the pink/brown coloration would fit with tis ID.
















Sunday, September 9, 2018

Pipevine Swallowtail, 9/8/18 Milford home

Pipevine Swallowtail, 9/8/18 Milford home
















Ocola Skipper, 9/8/18