Friday, April 24, 2015

Louisiana Waterthrush, 4/24/15 Racebrook Tract, Orange CT

A few record shots of one of 2 Louisiana Waterthrushes in Racebrook Creek at Racebrook Tract in Orange, CT, 4/24/15.  Notice for contrast to Northern Waterthrush, clear white throat; sparse breast streaking; pinkish legs; buffy color isolated in rear flanks; supercilium wraps around head.  LOWA found by Chris Loscalzo yesterday.  Birds actively feeding from entrance bridge up to area near intersection of white and red trails.

Prothonotary Warbler, Larsen Sanctuary, Fairfield 4/24/15

A few record shots of a Prothonotary Warbler at the Larsen Sanctuary in Fairfield on 4/24/15 and 4/26/15.  Bird found by Tina Green a few days ago.  Photoed with Russ Smiley, 7:15 AM, foraging in skunk cabbage with Palm Warblers:
Prothonotary Warbler, Larsen Sanctuary, Fairfield CT 4/24/15

PROW 4/24/14 male, bright yellow head

view of beautiful olive-green back of PROW 

white under tail coverts of PROW

A few more photos taken on 4/26/15:

Friday, April 17, 2015

Kamchatka (Mew) Gull, Oyster River, 5:30 PM, 4/17/15

A few record photos (4/17/15) of the Kamchatka (Mew) Gull found by Nick Bonomo at Oyster River yesterday (4/16/15).  Note dark iris and red orbital ring; large deep yellow bill, large size (compare with RBGUs), dark wings.

Bonaparte's Gull, PIPL, Milford

Bonaparte's Gulls in with large, surface-feeding gulls the past 10 days (on 4/16/15, in the Gulf, up to 2500 gulls and 250 Brant, with Long-tailed Ducks, Gr Scaup, Bufflehead, RB Mergs, RT and Common Loons)
Bonaparte's Gull with Ring-billed Gull, 4/16/15 Trumbull Ave

3 Bonaparte's Gulls 4/16/15 Trumbull Ave

PIPLs performing parallel walking Milford Pt 4/16/15

PIPL pair beginning of Francis St spit, 4/16/15 outside stringing

Fish Crow SSSP 4/16/15

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Little Gull, Southport 4/11/15

A Little Gull was with a flock of about 400 Bonaparte's Gulls today (4/11/15) at Southport Beach.  The Little Gulls have been around for about a week and around 10 were found at Southport a few days ago.  
In this record photo the Little Gull's size next to the Bonaparte's identifies it; on the beach it was picked out by its distinctive primary tips: white with dark gray above that.

Little Gull with Bonaparte's, Southport Beach, 4/11/15

Meanwhile, 45 Bonaparte's were back at Oyster River, the border between Milford and West Haven on the Sound:
3 Bonaparte's Gulls at Oyster River 4/11/15  Note progression of head molt from basic to  alternate

Alternate Plumage Bonaparte's, Oyster River 4/11/15

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Red-necked Grebe, Iceland Gull, Forster's Tern 4/10/15; RNGR, 4/8/15

Iceland Gull, Oyster River 4/10/15

AMOY Milford Pt 4/9/15

Red-necked Grebe Milford Harbor 4/10/15

Adult Forster's Tern, Oyster River, 4/10/15

The Red-necked Grebe discovered by Frank Gallo a few days ago was still in Milford Harbor today, 4/8/15:
Red-necked Grebe in alternate plumage in Milford Harbor 4/8/15 

close view of above

Red-necked Grebe 4/8/15 from behind

side view showing "horn" of Red-necked Grebe 4/8/15 Milford harbor

view of distinctive grebe foot during preening