Part 1- Summer Shorebirding in CT was a bit slow this year. Although Milford Point held good numbers, it didn't last long. Once the large concentrations began to mass, they were gone in a moment with the passing of a quick moving cold front. Other shorebirding hotspots in the state (mouth of the CT River, Sandy Point and Hammonasset) did hold a few flocks, but their numbers thinned quickly leaving only a few loose groups to sort through. But a few seasonal specialties were located: including Whimbrel, Baird's Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper and White-rumped Sandpipers.
Here are a few of the highlights while Shorebirding:
July 2, Great Harbor, Guilford- Portraits of a Snowy Egret. Having just returned from my summer teaching workshop on the UP of Michigan ( http://coastalbirds2.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2012-06-01T00:00:00-07:00&updated-max=2012-07-01T00:00:00-07:00&max-results=1 ) we had decided that the subject for next years workshop would be the Snowy Egret. So when I returned home, I needed to photograph a Snowy Egret for that class. Having good photos for reference would be key to a successful portrayal of this bird recreated in wood and obtaining close-up images of the bird would be a challenge in itself. The first location I thought to try would be Leetes Farm Pond in Guilford. As I was driving over the Lost Lake outpouring causeway on 146, a white head suddenly peered up and over the guard cable, it was a Snowy. I walked back and found that this Snowy Egret had found a perfect location to go fishing. It had positioned itself right on the edge of the outpouring waiting for fish to pass through the culvert; and it was quite successful. The best part being that it was concentrating so intently on fishing that it ignored me. I was able to sit across from the bird a few yards away for two hours taking a few thousand images. Here are a few:
July 11, East River Marsh boat ramp, Guilford- This is the last Willet I saw here at this location-
July 17, Hammonasset Beach SP- One of the handful of Little Blue Herons in the Park-
Tree Swallow gathering (with a few Bank Swallows)-
A few of the Terns were banded-