Monday, August 24, 2015

AAfCW 2015 Volunteer Update #21

This is the twenty-first weekly update by the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (AAfCW) for the 2015 season. Today's update includes reports of Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Least Tern and Common Tern from August 17 through 2:00 p.m. on August 24 with sightings of birds by volunteers and staff spanning that period.

Informational updates:

Thank you to all who joined us last week for fencing removal at Sandy/Morse Points. Bluff Point State Park's fencing removal will take place on Tuesday, September 1, at 10:00AM and will be the final date for the season. We need all the volunteers we can get!

Please remember that taking down fencing can be physically demanding because of the potential heat and humidity, and those who join us should remember a few things:
-wear sunscreen
-drink plenty of water or sports drink
-do not attempt to carry too many stakes, there are enough volunteers and staff members so that no one should overexert themselves
-anyone who needs to limit physical exertion should stick to winding up string rolls
-take as many breaks as needed

Bluff Point is a tremendous fall migration area, and it should be a lot of fun birding with our crew. Please email us at ctwaterbirds@gmail.com if you can join us for it, and thank you!

We are now in the last week of monitoring for 2015. Thank you to everyone for their contributions throughout the season and please send in any data or information if you have not yet submitted it this year. Next week's update will come midweek instead of the usual Monday and will be the final regular data and informational update of the year.

Survey and monitoring updates:

Piping Plover
3 fledglings at Long Beach on 8/17
1 juvenile at Milford Point on 8/18
4 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/18
3 adults/juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/19
5 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/19
3 adults/juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/22

American Oystercatcher
28 adults/juveniles at Short Beach on 8/17
1 pair, 3 adults, 3 fledglings at Hammonasset on 8/17
4 adults, 1 juvenile at Milford Point on 8/18
1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/18
1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/19
6 adults, 3 juveniles at Mouth of Oyster River on 8/19
3 adults at Branford Harbor on 8/19
1 pair, 1 fledgling at Darrow Rocks on 8/19

Least Tern
7 pairs at Milford Point on 8/18
30 adults/juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/19
1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/20

Common Tern
600 adults/juveniles at Short Beach on 8/17
60 adults/juveniles at Hammonasset on 8/17
30 adults at Milford Point on 8/18
280 adults, 150 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/18
300 adults/juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/18
150 adults/juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/19
35 adults, 19 juveniles at Umbrella Island on 8/19
217 adults at Darrow Rocks on 8/19

300 Least/Common Terns at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/22

This concludes update #21 through 8/24/15 as of 5:00 p.m.

Monday, August 17, 2015

AAfCW 2015 Volunteer Update #20

This is the twentieth weekly update by the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (AAfCW) for the 2015 season. Today's update includes reports of Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Least Tern and Common Tern from August 10 through 2:00 p.m. on August 17 with sightings of birds by volunteers and staff spanning that period.

Informational updates:

Thank you to those of you who joined us for fencing removal help at Long Beach in Stratford last week! We really need more assistance this Thursday, August 20th at 10:00AM at Sandy/Morse Points in West Haven. Any and all volunteers are greatly appreciated! It is one of the best sites in the entire state for birds in August, and you can expect to see a lot of wonderful shorebirds, terns and other migrants while we are there.

Assisting not only helps AAfCW but it also greatly aids those at CT DEEP who have extremely limited time. It also limits the stress on young, feeding and migrant birds. Please remember that taking down fencing in August can be physically demanding because of the potential heat and humidity, and those who join us should remember a few things:
-wear sunscreen
-drink plenty of water or sports drink
-do not attempt to carry too many stakes, there are enough volunteers and staff members so that no one should overexert themselves
-anyone who needs to limit physical exertion should stick to winding up string rolls
-take as many breaks as needed

Attending a string fencing party is a great excuse to get out and do some birding! You can also talk to AAfCW and CT DEEP experts about our birds, insects, habitats and other beach topics. Please email us at ctwaterbirds@gmail.com if you can join us this Thursday - thank you!

Survey and monitoring updates:

Piping Plover
2 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/10
1 adult, 1 hatchling, 3 fledglings at Griswold Point on 8/10
2 juveniles at Milford Point on 8/12
3 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/12
4 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/12
1 pair, 2 adults, 6 fledglings/juveniles at Long Beach on 8/12
5 adults/juveniles, 2 fledglings at Long Beach on 8/13
5 adults/juveniles, 2 fledglings at Long Beach on 8/13
3 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/13
6 adults/juveniles, 3 fledglings at Long Beach on 8/13
1 adult at Long Beach on 8/13
1 adult, 3 fledglings, 2 juveniles at Long Beach on 8/14
1 juvenile at Milford Point on 8/14
1 juvenile at Milford Point on 8/14
6 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/16
1 juvenile at Milford Point on 8/16

American Oystercatcher

1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/10
2 adults at Griswold Point on 8/10
1 pair, 3 hatchlings at Bluff Point on 8/10
1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/12
2 pairs, 2 adults at Milford Point on 8/12
9 adults at Griswold Point on 8/13
15 adults, 5 juveniles at Mouth of Oyster River West Haven/Milford on 8/13
1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/13
2 pairs at Milford Point on 8/13
15 adults at Short Beach on 8/13
2 pairs, 9 adults at Milford Point on 8/14
1 pair, 10 adults at Milford Point on 8/14
1 pair, 2 adults, 1 fledgling at Bluff Point on 8/16
2 adults, 4 juveniles at Mouth of Oyster River West Haven/Milford on 8/16
6 adults at Milford Point on 8/16

Least Tern

1 adult, 1 nest at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/10
5 pairs, 30 adults, 3 hatchlings, 2 fledglings, 5 juveniles at Bluff Point on 8/10
6 pairs, 18 adults, 5 hatchlings, 1 fledgling, 8 juveniles, 1 nest at Milford Point on 8/12
6 pairs, 5 hatchlings, 3 juveniles, 1 nest at Milford Point on 8/13
6 pairs, 10 adults, 5 hatchlings, 1 fledgling, 6 juveniles, 1 nest at Milford Point on 8/14
33 adults, 17 juveniles at Milford Point on 8/14
2 pairs, 17 adults, 3 fledglings at Bluff Point on 8/16
6 pairs, 8 hatchlings, 2 juveniles at Milford Point on 8/16

Common Tern
120 adults, 50 juveniles at Griswold Point on 8/10
6 adults at Bluff Point on 8/10
100 adults at Short Beach on 8/12
60 adults at Milford Point on 8/14
1,050 adults/juveniles at Milford Point on 8/14
300 adults, 150 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/16

This concludes update #20 through 8/17/15 as of 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wildlife Guards Saturday

It's hard to believe but there is only one more week left in the season for the Bridgeport Wildlife Guards! The time has flown by with all of their hard work monitoring threatened species, conducting bird surveys, cleaning up the beach, educating thousands of visitors, and having a great time promoting conservation at Pleasure Beach. Here are some photos from their efforts today.














Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fencing removal dates

Thank you to those who have signed up to volunteer for fencing removal tomorrow at Long Beach in Stratford or next Thursday at Sandy/Morse Points! We could still use some more volunteers for each location.
Once again the dates/times are:
Friday, August 14th at 10:30AM - Long Beach in Stratford
Thursday, August 20th at 10:00AM - Sandy/Morse Points in West Haven

Bluff Point's fencing removal date will be announced soon, pending Least Tern chick departure. Assisting not only helps AAfCW but it also greatly aids those at CT DEEP who have extremely limited time. It also limits the stress on young, feeding and migrant birds. Please remember that taking down fencing in August can be physically demanding because of the potential heat and humidity, and those who join us should remember a few things:
-wear sunscreen
-drink plenty of water or sports drink
-do not attempt to carry too many stakes, there are enough volunteers and staff members so that no one should overexert themselves
-anyone who needs to limit physical exertion should stick to winding up string rolls
-take as many breaks as needed

In general we look for everyone we can to help out even if you are not a past monitor or volunteer - the more the merrier. It also makes for a more pleasant morning of bird watching and discussions on the beach. Please email us at ctwaterbirds@gmail.com if you can join us on one or both days, and thank you! Tomorrow should be a beautiful day and we look forward to seeing you then.

Monday, August 10, 2015

AAfCW 2015 Volunteer Update #19

This is the nineteenth weekly update by the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (AAfCW) for the 2015 season. Today's update includes reports of Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Least Tern and Common Tern from August 3 through 4:00 p.m. on August 10 with sightings of birds by volunteers and staff spanning that period.

Informational updates:


We now have two string fencing removal dates set by CT DEEP. The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds would appreciate any volunteers who could help us out at these locations and times:

Friday, August 14th at 10:30AM - Long Beach in Stratford
Thursday, August 20th at 10:00AM - Sandy/Morse Points in West Haven

Bluff Point's fencing removal date will be announced soon, pending Least Tern chick departure. Assisting not only helps AAfCW but it also greatly aids those at CT DEEP who have extremely limited time. It also limits the stress on young, feeding and migrant birds. Please remember that taking down fencing in August can be physically demanding because of the potential heat and humidity, and those who join us should remember a few things:
-wear sunscreen
-drink plenty of water or sports drink
-do not attempt to carry too many stakes, there are enough volunteers and staff members so that no one should overexert themselves
-anyone who needs to limit physical exertion should stick to winding up string rolls
-take as many breaks as needed

In general we look for everyone we can to help out even if you are not a past monitor or volunteer - the more the merrier. It also makes for a more pleasant morning of bird watching and discussions on the beach. Please email us at ctwaterbirds@gmail.com if you can join us on one or both days, and thank you!

In the past week there have been multiple reports of Roseate Terns, Forster's Terns and even Black Terns from some of our beaches in Connecticut. There are also Red Knots moving through the state, a species we request all reports of now that they have been added to the federal endangered species list. You may find uncommon shorebirds like the "Western" subspecies of Willet or the White-rumped Sandpiper. That is all in addition to potential banded or flagged American Oystercatchers and Piping Plovers, plus masses of our Least and Common Terns. It is an exciting time of year to be at the shore watching all of this action and speaking to beachgoers about our birds, and we encourage you to go enjoy some monitoring! After a wet Tuesday it should be a lovely week and perfect beach and birding weather. Good luck to you!

Survey and monitoring updates:


Piping Plover
3 fledglings, 3 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/3
5 juveniles at Hammonasset on 8/4
1 adult, 1 juvenile at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/5
2 adults, 5 juveniles at Milford Point on 8/4
5 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/4
1 adult, 5 juveniles at Milford Point on 8/5
1 adult, 3 hatchlings at Long Beach on 8/5
3 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/5
4 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/6
1 adult, 5 fledglings, 2 juveniles at Milford Point on 8/6
2 adults/juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/6
1 juvenile at Short Beach on 8/7
1 adult, 3 fledglings at Long Beach on 8/7
1 fledgling, 1 juvenile at Milford Point on 8/7
3 pairs at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/8
5 adults/juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/8
2 juveniles at Griswold Point on 8/9

American Oystercatcher

1 pair, 3 adults, 1 juvenile at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/3
2 pairs, 1 hatchling at Milford Point on 8/4
1 pair, 10 adults at Hammonasset on 8/4
3 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/4
1 pair, 1 hatchling at Milford Point on 8/5
3 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/5
2 pairs at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/6
18 adults, 5 juveniles at Baybrook Beach West Haven on 8/6
2 pairs at Milford Point on 8/6
2 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/6
3 adults at Short Beach on 8/7
2 pairs at Milford Point on 8/7
1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/8
1 pair at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/8
4 adults at Griswold Point on 8/9

Least Tern
65 adults/juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/4
1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/5
1 pair, 1 nest at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/6
8 pairs, 15 adults, 1 hatchling, 1 fledgling, 5 nests at Milford Point on 8/6
3 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/8

Common Tern
112 adults, 59 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/3
54 adults, 7 juveniles at Milford Point on 8/4
50 adults, 20 juveniles at Hammonasset on 8/4
55 adults/juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/4
170 adults, 2 fledglings, 18 juveniles at Milford Point on 8/5
400 adults/juveniles at Short Beach on 8/5
100 adults/juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/5
200 adults, 70 juveniles at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/6
450 adults at Short Beach on 8/7
1 pair at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/8

This concludes update #19 through 8/10/15 as of 5:00 p.m.

Monday, August 3, 2015

AAfCW 2015 Volunteer Update #18

This is the eighteenth weekly update by the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (AAfCW) for the 2015 season. Today's update includes reports of Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Least Tern and Common Tern from July 27 through 4:00 p.m. on August 3 with sightings of birds by volunteers and staff spanning that period.

Informational updates:


Temperatures may be near 90 again tomorrow with the potential for thunderstorms, so please be cautious. We will see cooling as the week continues with the potential for more scattered showers and storms later in the latter half. We are now in August, the final month of the field season, and nesting is coming to a close. Nevertheless, hatchling Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, and Least Terns remain on our beaches and need our constant monitoring.

Additionally we should keep in mind that migrant individuals, including banded/flagged birds from other areas, will be coming through the very same nesting hotspots. Please let us know about any unexpected or rare sightings, and keep an eye out for birds like other federally listed species like the Roseate Tern and Red Knot. Any time we are on the beach we can be educating beachgoers about all of the beautiful birds we can see at this time of year.

Survey and monitoring updates:

Piping Plover
1 pair, 2 juveniles, 1 nest at Shell Avenue Milford on 7/28
5 adults, 7 fledglings, 3 juveniles at Hammonasset on 7/28
1 adult, 4 fledglings at Cedar Island on 7/28
3 hatchlings at Long Beach on 7/28
1 pair, 1 nest at Shell Ave Milford on 7/28
1 adult, 6 fledglings at Long Beach on 7/28
1 pair, 1 nest at Shell Avenue Milford on 7/29
1 pair, 1 nest at Shell Avenue Milford on 7/29
8 adults at Long Beach on 7/29
1 adult, 3 fledglings, 1 juvenile at Sandy/Morse Points on 7/30
2 adults, 2 hatchlings, 12 juveniles at Milford Point on 7/30
1 pair, 1 nest at Shell Ave Milford on 7/30
1 adult, 1 hatchling at Milford Point on 7/30
1 adult, 1 fledgling at Bluff Point on 7/31
3 adults, 5 hatchlings, 1 fledgling at Griswold Point on 7/31
6 adults, 9 fledglings, 3 juveniles at Hammonasset on 8/1
3 adults, 4 fledglings, 2 juveniles at Griswold Point on 8/2
6 fledglings, 2 adults at Milford Point on 8/2
1 pair at Bluff Point on 8/2
8 adults at Compo Beach Marina on 8/2

American Oystercatcher
1 adult at Pleasure Beach on 7/28
1 pair, 3 hatchlings at Hammonasset on 7/28
1 adult at Long Beach on 7/28
1 pair at Long Rock off Griswold Island on 7/29
1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 7/29
1 pair at Long Beach on 7/29
2 pairs, 1 adult, 1 hatchling at Milford Point on 7/30
2 pairs at Sandy/Morse Points on 7/30
2 pairs, 1 hatchling at Milford Point on 7/30
1 pair, 1 hatchling at Lewis Island, Thimbles on 7/30
1 pair at Governor Island, Thimbles on 7/30
1 pair, 2 juveniles at Channel Marker on 7/31
1 pair, 1 juvenile at Umbrella Island on 7/31
1 adult, 2 juveniles at Kelsey Island on 7/31
1 pair at Darrow Rocks on 7/31
1 adult at Calf Island on 7/31
2 pairs, 12 adults, 10 fledglings at Menunketesuck Island on 7/31
3 pairs at Milford Point on 8/2
1 pair, 1 adult at Bluff Point on 8/2
1 pair, 3 hatchlings at Hammonasset on 8/2

Least Tern
1 pair at Long Beach on 7/28
20 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 7/29
60 adults, 1 hatchling, 4 juveniles at Milford Point on 7/30
74 adults, 11 fledglings at Menunketesuck Island on 7/31
4 adults at Griswold Point on 8/2
76 adults, 5 fledglings, 1 juvenile, 2 nests at Milford Point on 8/2
3 pairs, 6 adults, 1 hatchling, 1 fledgling, 2 juveniles, 1 nest at Bluff Point on 8/2

Common Tern
26 adults, 52 juveniles at Hammonasset on 7/28
1 pair at Long Beach on 7/28
7 adults, 10 juveniles at Griswold Island on 7/29
20 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 7/29
4 adults at Long Beach on 7/29
97 adults, 3 juveniles at Milford Point on 7/30
9 adults, 5 juveniles at Thimble Islands on 7/30
1 pair, 1 adult, 1 fledgling at Great Captain's Island on 7/30
263 adults, 59 fledglings at Menunketesuck Island on 7/31
36 adults, 41 juveniles at Hammonasset on 8/1
100 adults at Griswold Point on 8/2
146 adults, 18 fledglings at Milford Point on 8/2

This concludes update #18 through 8/3/15 as of 5:00 p.m.