There was no pun intended in that title considering all of the heat we have had. We will highlight some of the record-setting warmth later this week. It really has not felt like fall, but for the birds, it has arrived. Many are now moving south from swallows to shorebirds and early warblers. Stratford and Milford Points are filling up with these migrants and our surveys are tallying higher totals of species and birds nearly every day.
We may not have something like a White-tailed Kite hanging around, but we have plenty for visitors to enjoy. The last few weeks have brought mega rarities as well, albeit tough ones to "chase" or photograph, including a Sandwich Tern found by Nick Bonomo and a White-winged Dove found by our Coastal Center Director, Frank Gallo. There have been countless "good" birds that you can see below in this list covering only the last few weeks at the mouth of the Housatonic River:
American Black Duck
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
August 1 is not only the one-year anniversary of discovering the White-tailed Kite; it is also the beginning of a month of many more migrants. The list above will nearly double in size very soon. We hope you visit the Coastal Center at Milford Point or the CAS-managed Stratford Point to help us find the next amazing Connecticut record and to enjoy the unique habitats we are working to restore and maintain.