Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rocky Hill Meadows highlights

The following information comes from Patrick Comins, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Connecticut:

Since shorebirds do use some inland sites, we are doing shorebird counts at Rocky Hill Meadows to determine how important this area is for migratory shorebirds. Our staff and volunteers have documented significant use of the area by migrant shorebirds, waterbirds and other birds. Fourteen species of shorebirds, including Stilt Sandpiper, Upland Sandpiper, American Golden Plover and Pectoral Sandpiper have been recorded there this fall, and Buff-breasted Sandpiper should show up any day now. The area has also been supporting large flocks of up to 250 migrant Bobolinks. Some rare birds have been found in this flock, including a Dickcissel and a Lark Bunting. Just this week a Least Bittern was discovered in a small wetland on the site.

Take a look at this beautiful Stilt Sandpiper photo at Rocky Hill Meadows by Bill Asteriades!

For more photos of the area and some of the birds it supports, please see: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.252301338206511.36805.168520783251234&type=1

Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds, Audubon Connecticut and the Connecticut Audubon Society partnering to improve conditions for coastal waterbirds in Connecticut.

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