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Monday, July 8, 2024

AAfCW 2024 Field Update #12

 This is the twelfth field update for the AAfCW in 2024 with data provided from volunteer monitors spanning June 28 through July 7. Thank you all so much for the extra coverage and assistance for July 4th and the surrounding weekends. Most of our work on the beach was a tremendous success. There are always disturbances and some pressures on our birds, but we collectively made certain they were minimal.

We are at the point of the season where we anticipate there will not be any more new nests. Some birds are still on eggs - especially our Least Terns - and we expect more hatching over the next couple of weeks. If you are at a beach without any of our four focal species, you can continue monitoring through the end of August if you'd like, or you can switch to a beach with more of our birds.

Keep in mind we will be wanting to watch for fledged birds, juveniles, and migrating individuals for the next several weeks at all of our beaches (through August 31st). Our staff will be deployed everywhere for the same reasons. We will want to keep recording all our pairs and adults, including new arrivals heading south or moving around, and tracking hatchlings, fledglings, and juveniles. Remember to report banded and flagged birds directly to CT DEEP as well, thanks!

Our AAfCW and CT DEEP Wildlife staff will also begin to remove fencing and signage where no birds have nested this season and/or all birds have fledged. Please keep this in mind when checking our sites. This is done to help provide more space for beachgoers in "safe" areas as we give back the beach for recreation. Fencing will remain in place at sites with our focal species present that will also be utilized by migratory shorebirds and terns in July and August. 

Thanks again for all your effort, and please remember to stay home when it is dangerously hot outside! When we have temperatures in the 90s or heat advisories it is best to stay home unless visiting near dawn or dusk. No matter the day, dress appropriately, drink and bring lots of water, use sunblock, wear a hat, and take all precautions.

Species

Date

Location

Pairs

Adults

Nests

Hatchlings

Fledglings

Juveniles

AMOY

June 28

Milford Point

2

0

1

0

0

0

AMOY

June 28

Bluff Point

1

0

0

0

0

0

AMOY

June 28

Bluff Point

1

1

0

0

0

0

AMOY

June 28

Milford Point

3

10

0

0

0

0

AMOY

June 29

Sandy/Morse Points

2

0

0

0

0

0

AMOY

June 29

Milford Point

2

2

1

0

0

0

AMOY

June 29

Griswold Point

1

0

1

0

0

0

AMOY

June 29

Sandy/Morse Points

1

2

0

0

0

0

AMOY

June 29

Sandy/Morse Points

2

0

0

0

0

0

AMOY

June 30

Long Beach

1

1

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 1

Sandy/Morse Points

2

0

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 1

Bluff Point

1

0

0

1

0

0

AMOY

July 2

Long Beach

1

0

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 2

Bluff Point

0

3

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 3

Pleasure Beach

2

0

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 4

Bluff Point

0

1

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 4

Sandy/Morse Points

0

2

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 4

Sandy/Morse Points

3

0

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 5

Milford Point

2

1

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 5

Bluff Point

1

0

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 5

Griswold Point

1

0

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 5

Milford Point

6

11

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 6

Griswold Point

1

0

1

0

0

0

AMOY

July 6

Sandy/Morse Points

0

3

0

0

0

0

AMOY

July 6

Milford Point

3

1

1

0

0

0

AMOY

July 7

Silver Sands State Park

1

0

0

0

0

0

COTE

June 28

Sandy/Morse Points

0

1

0

0

0

0

COTE

June 29

Sandy/Morse Points

1

0

0

0

0

0

COTE

July 1

Hammonassett State Park

0

10

0

0

0

0

COTE

July 4

Sandy/Morse Points

0

4

0

0

0

0

COTE

July 5

Milford Point

1

0

0

0

0

0

COTE

July 5

Bluff Point

0

1

0

0

0

0

COTE

July 5

Griswold Point

0

30

0

0

0

0

COTE

July 6

Sandy/Morse Points

0

5

0

0

0

0

COTE

July 7

Long Beach

6

0

0

0

0

0

COTE

July 7

Griswold Point

0

100

0

0

0

0

LETE

June 28

Milford Point

2

3

1

0

0

0

LETE

June 28

Bluff Point

0

1

0

0

0

0

LETE

June 28

Bluff Point

2

0

0

0

0

0

LETE

June 28

Milford Point

0

8

1

0

0

0

LETE

June 29

Milford Point

2

34

2

0

0

0

LETE

June 29

Griswold Point

0

10

0

0

0

0

LETE

June 29

Sandy/Morse Points

0

2

0

0

0

0

LETE

June 29

Sandy/Morse Points

0

12

0

0

0

0

LETE

June 30

Long Beach

6

30

0

0

0

0

LETE

June 30

Long Beach

0

21

0

0

0

0

LETE

July 1

Long Beach

0

5

1

0

0

0

LETE

July 1

Long Beach

0

5

0

0

0

0

LETE

July 4

Sandy/Morse Points

0

6

0

0

0

0

LETE

July 5

Milford Point

0

20

0

0

0

0

LETE

July 5

Bluff Point

0

1

0

0

0

0

LETE

July 5

Griswold Point

3

0

0

0

0

0

LETE

July 5

Milford Point

0

38

0

0

0

0

LETE

July 6

Sandy/Morse Points

0

6

0

0

0

0

LETE

July 6

Milford Point

1

7

1

0

0

0

LETE

July 7

Griswold Point

0

12

0

0

0

0

PIPL

June 28

Milford Point

0

11

2

5

8

0

PIPL

June 28

Bluff Point

2

6

2

0

0

0

PIPL

June 28

Bluff Point

3

3

3

3

0

3

PIPL

June 28

Sandy/Morse Points

2

7

1

0

7

0

PIPL

June 28

Milford Point

0

3

2

5

2

13

PIPL

June 29

Sandy/Morse Points

0

6

0

0

0

0

PIPL

June 29

Milford Point

2

17

3

7

4

0

PIPL

June 29

Griswold Point

1

0

1

0

0

0

PIPL

June 29

Sandy/Morse Points

1

13

1

0

0

1

PIPL

June 29

Sandy/Morse Points

3

0

5

0

4

0

PIPL

June 30

Long Beach

6

7

2

0

9

0

PIPL

June 30

Long Beach

0

12

0

0

5

0

PIPL

July 1

Milford Point

0

6

1

4

3

0

PIPL

July 1

Long Beach

8

2

4

3

7

0

PIPL

July 1

Sandy/Morse Points

2

5

2

3

3

0

PIPL

July 1

Long Beach

3

14

5

3

2

0

PIPL

July 1

Bluff Point

1

1

0

0

4

0

PIPL

July 2

Long Beach

3

8

1

2

0

7

PIPL

July 2

Bluff Point

0

5

2

0

0

0

PIPL

July 3

Long Beach

0

9

4

1

2

2

PIPL

July 4

Bluff Point

4

2

1

2

0

0

PIPL

July 4

Sandy/Morse Points

3

9

2

7

0

0

PIPL

July 4

Sandy/Morse Points

0

16

3

0

4

0

PIPL

July 5

Milford Point

0

23

1

7

7

2

PIPL

July 5

Bluff Point

6

9

3

0

2

3

PIPL

July 5

Griswold Point

0

1

0

0

0

1

PIPL

July 5

Milford Point

0

32

0

10

8

7

PIPL

July 6

Milford Point

1

2

0

3

1

0

PIPL

July 6

Griswold Point

0

1

0

0

0

0

PIPL

July 6

Sandy/Morse Points

2

13

2

0

0

3

PIPL

July 6

Milford Point

1

22

1

10

2

5

PIPL

July 7

Long Beach

6

3

1

3

6

3