Patrick Comins, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Connecticut, and Kim Anglace, AAfCW technician, were out early this morning conducting an International Shorebird Survey at the Rocky Hill Meadows. They discovered an Upland Sandpiper in fields near the junction of the road to the ATV park. Patrick snapped off a couple record shots of it.
They had some very nice close-up views of the increasingly rare Connecticut species. AAfCW technician Ewa Holland joined them later at the Menunketesuck Island flats where they found a "Western" Willet, the geographically distinct subspecies that shows up in Connecticut in small numbers every year, as well as a Caspian Tern and a Roseate Tern.
These are only a few of the awesome finds we have had so far during the beginning of the fall International Shorebird Survey season. We know there will be much more to come! If you are unfamiliar with these surveys or want to conduct an ISS of your own, please read more about it here in this entry.
Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, Audubon Connecticut and the Connecticut Audubon Society partnering to improve conditions for coastal waterbirds in Connecticut.