Thursday, April 27, 2017

Milford Pt, late April Gr Yellowlegs, SB Dowitcher, Dunlin, Sanderling

Milford Pt, late April Gr Yellowlegs, SB Dowitcher, Dunlin, Sanderling
Notice many shorebirds now transitioning into breeding (alternate) plumage.  The Greater Yellowlegs is in breeding plumage.
Short-billed Dowitcher with Black-bellied Plover 4/27/17 Milford Point

Short-billed Dowitcher with Black-bellied Plovers, 4/27/17 Milford Point
Dunlin, Milford Point, 4/27/17
Sanderling, Milford Point, 4/27/17

Sanderling, Milford Point, 4/27/17
Greater Yellowlegs, Milford Point, 4/27/17

Greater Yellowlegs, Milford Point, 4/27/17

Greater Yellowlegs, Milford Point, 4/27/17

late April videos, Milford, DC Corm, Green Heron, SB Dowitcher

late April videos, Milford, DC Corm, Green Heron, SB Dowitcher
Double Crested Cormorants, Mondo Ponds, 4/27/17, drying & preening
Milford Point, 4/27/17.  FOS SB Dowitcher with BB Plover, Dunlin
Green Heron, 4/26/17 Walker's Pond

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Singing Chipping Sparrow; FOS Green Heron

A short video of a singing Chipping Sparrow at Lake Chamberlain on 4/24/17 (note his trill is slower than the CHSP songs around him).  Also, a record photo of a Green Heron at Mondo Ponds (4/25/17): they've just returned, and I probably saw 3, a hint that we get two nests here again.

Green Heron, Mondo Ponds, 4/25/17

Friday, April 21, 2017

Milford Point FOS Purple Martin; also Tree Swallow, Dunlin 4/20/17

Milford Point FOS Purple Martin; also Tree Swallow, Dunlin 4/20/17.  And a recent female Red-winged Blackbird at Silver Sands.  At least 750 Dunlin in marsh at CACC on 4/20/17.  Some transitioning into alternate plumage. Tree Swallows gathering nesting material for boxes.

Tree Swallow, Milford Point, 4/20/17, gathering nesting material

female Purple Martin, Milford Point 4/20/17, FOS
Dunlin flying, Milford Point, 4/20/17

 Dunlin, Milford Point,  4/20/17 center bird attaining alternate plumage
adult female Red-winged Blackbird, Silver Sands SP, April 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Little Blue Heron, perhaps a hybrid, Hammonasset SP, 4/18/17

Little Blue Heron, perhaps a hybrid,  in same area as Virginia Rail, Hammonasset, 4/18/17.  Note very large bill, longer than typical Little Blue Heron.   Light color of base of legs; and light feathering on neck and throat.  Also, notice upright, elongated posture. All of these features point to hybrid with   Tricolored Heron.  




Little Blue Heron, perhaps a hybrid,  Hammonasset SP, 4/18/17

Lapland Longspur, Hammonasset 4/18/17

Lapland Longspur, Hammonasset State Park.  4/18/17.  A rare find at this time of year in CT.  The Lapland Longspur, almost in total breeding plumage, was found by Ed H. at the wet area next to the Nature Center Blind this morning. I relocated it in the parking area in the afternoon.






Monday, April 17, 2017

Turkey visits homes in Milford CT, 4/15/17

A Wild Turkey visited the our neighborhood in Milford CT, yesterday, 4/15/17. A few photos and a short video as the hen turkey went up to the front doors of both of our neighbors'  houses--going up to their doors--and then it sundered on down the street.
Wild Turkey at door of our neighbor to the south

Wild Turkey at our neighbor to the north

Wild Turkey checking out our yard