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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Black Skimmer

Here's a different type of waterbird sighting in the form of the funky Black Skimmer. This uncommon species is even more scarce this late in the season, especially when found hanging out in a parking lot with a bunch of gulls.





The unique bird flies low over the water and opens that enormous bill to drag it under the surface to catch small fish. This young one may not be feeling as good as it should, though the bird still flies well and seems to be physically fit. We hope it heads south soon.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Pleasure Beach Fencing Removal

Audubon Alliance staff will be headed out to Pleasure Beach on Sept. 11th  to take down the string fencing that protected nesting plovers this summer.  We will catch the water taxi at 10am from the dock at the intersection of Central and Seaview Ave. in Bridgeport and expect to be on the island for 2-3 hours.  If you haven't yet been to Pleasure Beach, here is your chance to visit this unique stretch of shoreline.

As has been mentioned previously, 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 and a hat
-drink plenty of water or sports drink and bring a snack
-do not attempt to carry too many stakes as there will be 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

Please email us at ctwaterbirds@gmail.com if you can join us, and thank you!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

AAfCW 2017 Volunteer Update #22

This is the twenty-second and final regular weekly update by the Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds (AAfCW) for the 2017 season. Today's update includes reports of Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, and Common Tern through 8:00 a.m. on September 5 with sightings of birds by volunteers and staff since the previous update on August 28.

Informational updates:

DATE CHANGE! Rain has moved our fencing removal date at Sandy Point in West Haven from tomorrow to: Friday, September 8th at 10 a.m.

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 and a hat
-drink plenty of water or sports drink and bring a snack
-do not attempt to carry too many stakes as there will be 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, and thank you!

Volunteer monitoring has now ended for the 2017 season. Later this autumn we will be hosting a volunteer thank you party at Stratford Point, and we will email all of you details in coming weeks. We thank you for your assistance in helping us achieve another very successful season. We will provide you with some preliminary numbers for how our focal species did this season later in the fall as well. We hope all of you will join us again in 2018!

Survey and monitoring updates:

Piping Plover
7 juveniles at Hammonasset on 8/29
2 fledglings at Mumford Cove on 8/29
1 adult, 1 fledgling at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/31
1 adult, 1 fledgling at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/31
1 fledgling at Sandy/Morse Points on 9/2

American Oystercatcher
2 adults at Hammonasset on 8/29
5 adults at Compo Beach on 9/1
2 adults at Southport Beach on 9/1
42 adults at Milford Point on 9/1

Common Tern
400 individuals at Sandy/Morse Points on 8/31
100 individuals at Bradley Point on 8/31

This concludes update #22 through 9/5/17 as of 2:00 p.m.