Checklist S58976071

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Owner Richard Chmielecki

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  • 7
  • 0.6 mi
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Sunrise Birding Walk, led by FM, with 6 others. A great birding morning, highlighted by 57 species and great views of 2 different MARBLED GODWITS and 13 other shorebird species. Overcast, warm 70-75F, very humid 85%, sporadic light rain shower, SW breeze at 7 mph. Mid-tide, rising to high at 10:43am.

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Observations

  1. Number observed: 1

    Details: Lingering summering individual, on west end of Main sandbar

  2. Number observed: 14
  3. Number observed: 9
  4. Number observed: 34
  5. Number observed: 2
  6. Number observed: 14
  7. Number observed: 1
  8. Number observed: 44

    Details: Exact count, including adult pair with full-sized juvenile

  9. Number observed: 52

    Details: Exact count; all adults

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  10. Number observed: 106
  11. Number observed: 5

    Details: 4 juveniles plus one smaller hatchling

  12. Number observed: 3

    Details: Trio on west end of sandbar

  13. Number observed: 2

    Details: Great views of two separate birds. Once when all the shorebirds and terns took flight, I announced to look for a possible Peregrine. Hugh yelled here it comes. In fact it was a Marbled Godwit that flew east along the shore past us at a distance of about 100 feet; great views- large all warm brown shorebird with cinnamon color in wings, and a very long upcurved bill. We watched it fly east till out of sight between Silver Sands and Charles Is. We were so surprised by the fast-flying Godwit, that no one obtained photos. Later, out on the main sandbar, we saw another, with a Willet and the Oystercatcher family, on the weedy N side of the bar. Though we kept our distance the Godwit and Willet inexplicably took off and flew NW up the river.

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  14. Number observed: 8
  15. Number observed: 0

    Details: Two seen earlier by Matt Hoyt, but we couldn’t relocate them.

  16. Number observed: 110
  17. Number observed: 4
  18. Number observed: 400

    Details: Estimate. Numbers far fewer than during the past 3 weeks. Unfortunately we found one freshly dead adult (with wound on belly) on sandbar. Then we found an injured or stunned adult, which we considered catching and taking to a rehabber. Then we thought maybe it flew into string fencing and was just stunned. We placed it on some flotsam well above the tide line. Fingers crossed!

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  19. Number observed: 1

    Details: Lone bird flew west over us at base of main sandbar

  20. Number observed: 1

    Details: Marsh side near platform

  21. Number observed: 3
  22. Number observed: 1

    Details: With the GODWIT. Slightly smaller than it, and quite gray, so possibly the western race.

  23. Number observed: 66

    Details: Majority were juveniles, but a lot of adults and sub-adults.

  24. Number observed: 2
  25. Number observed: 12
  26. Number observed: 8
  27. Number observed: 20

    Details: Several adults still flying around with small fish prey. Twice we saw adults descend to ground and feed their chicks; great scope views of one.

    Breeding Code: FY Feeding Young (Confirmed)
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  28. Number observed: 100

    Details: Small flicks flying around; majority were roosting out on offshore breakwater

  29. Number observed: 1

    Details: Summering bird in non-breeding plumage

  30. Number observed: 38
  31. Number observed: 1

    Details: Seen in marsh by Richard just before start of walk.

  32. Number observed: 3
  33. Number observed: 34

    Details: Several seen during walk, plus about 30 roosting in trees far away near Stratford Marina (scope views).

  34. Number observed: 5

    Details: Flock of juveniles landing on houses and tree tops just east of Coastal Center

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  35. Number observed: 15
    Breeding Code: NY Nest with Young (Confirmed)
  36. Number observed: 1

    Details: Apparent immature flying west low over beach houses. Smaller Buteo and Translucent arcs near wingtips

  37. Number observed: 1
  38. Number observed: 1
  39. Number observed: 5
  40. Number observed: 7
  41. Number observed: 1
  42. Number observed: 3

    Details: Great scope views of two perching on Plover string fencing

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  43. Number observed: 25
  44. Number observed: 1
    Breeding Code: S7 Singing Male Present 7+ days (Probable)
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  45. Number observed: 9

    Details: Including one eating red fruits of sumac

  46. Number observed: 3
  47. Number observed: 3
  48. Number observed: 1
  49. Number observed: 14
  50. Number observed: 2
  51. Number observed: 1
    Breeding Code: F Flyover (Observed)
  52. Number observed: 1

    Details: Decent views of one (apparent juvenile) in Spartina marsh grass of seaside lagoon. Record photos.

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  53. Number observed: 2
    Breeding Code: S7 Singing Male Present 7+ days (Probable)
  54. Number observed: 7
  55. Number observed: 2
  56. Number observed: 2

    Details: Two together in one Marsh Elder bush next to Purple Martin colony

  57. Number observed: 2
Additional species seen by CT bird atlas:
  1. Number observed: 1
Additional species seen by Frank Mantlik:
  1. Number observed: 1
Additional species seen by Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds:
  1. Number observed: 1
Additional species seen by Carol & Gary Lemmon:
  1. Number observed: 1
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