This is the third weekly update by the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (AAfCW) for the 2016 season. Today's update includes reports of Piping Plover and American Oystercatcher from April 4 through 1:00 p.m. on April 11 with sightings of birds by volunteers and staff.
weather continues this week with a couple days of rain and then more
below-average temperatures. Once again, early in the season the
temperature may be just below 50 without birds on nests or hatched young
yet, and some careful monitoring can be permissible. However, please do
skip monitoring this week during frigid temperatures or on very windy
days. Most of this week's data comes from our staff opportunistically
surveying during conducive conditions, and do not worry if you have to
skip an outing due to the weather.
Thanks to all who joined us
for fencing operations today in West Haven. Stratford's Long Beach fencing has
been rescheduled for Monday, April 18 at 10:30AM. Please join us if you
can help and email firstname.lastname@example.org, thank you!
We have two more fencing dates this week:
Nature Conservancy will be conducting its spring set up at Griswold
Point on Wednesday, April 13. Low tide is about 10:30, so pedestrian
access should be fine throughout the morning. They'll have a few staff
and some invited members joining the work party, but any extra hands are
appreciated. They will have a 9:00 AM meeting at the I-95 exit 70 park
and ride in Old Lyme, and a 9:15 meeting down at the Point itself.
Friday, April 15th, 10:00 - Bluff Point, Groton
Meet in the parking area and CT DEEP will shuttle people out to the beach.
that any and all volunteers are welcome including those who are not
monitors. Volunteers should bring: work gloves, water, a snack,
appropriate footwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats and whatever else you
may need avoid too much sun. These locations can either be quite cool or
very warm depending on the day so dress for any weather. A pocket knife
or multi-tool can be handy and a sledge hammer or mallet can be helpful
to bring. Plan for heavy lifting and toting, but be mindful of your
safety. Please email us at email@example.com if you can make it to any or all of these dates. Thank you!
Survey and monitoring updates:
1 pair at Peck Ave, West Haven on 4/6
5 pairs, 4 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 4/6
4 pairs, 5 adults at Milford Point on 4/7
14 adults at Milford Point on 4/7
1 pair, 1 adult at Long Beach on 4/8
1 pair at Long Beach on 4/8
4 pairs at Hammonasset on 4/9
6 pairs, 3 adults at Sandy/Morse Points on 4/9
2 pairs, 1 adult at Long Beach on 4/10
1 pair at Pleasure Beach on 4/10
1 adult at East Broadway Milford on 4/10
2 pairs at Sandy/Morse Points on 4/6
3 pairs, 3 adults at Milford Point on 4/7
1 pair at Silver Sands State Park on 4/7
3 pairs at Milford Point on 4/7
1 adult at Long Beach on 4/8
2 pairs at Hammonasset on 4/9
2 pairs, 1 adult at Sandy/Morse Points on 4/9
1 adult at Long Beach on 4/10
This concludes update #3 through 04/11/16 as of 2:30 p.m.