As we pass through March we typically begin to see an uptick of Northern Gannets at Stratford Point. In the fall we usually have them often in beginning in November and continuing into December, with sightings dropping in January and February, and then picking up again right about now. These kind of large low pressure systems and powerful winds help to push them closer to the coast as well. In this case one bird came right by the edge of the bluff providing great looks for myself and Anthony who joined me momentarily at just the right time. Carrying my equipment with my camera slung over my shoulder as usual in case of some extreme rarity I was not prepared to take any shots, but here are a couple I managed to snap off while being pushed over by the wind.
At least you can actually see the bird in these crops instead of only the water as I managed to take a few of the waves only. If you stop by Stratford Point to look for some search everywhere - occasionally one passes by very close, some are often found to the east closer to shore, while others are miles out in the open water only viewable by scope.
Photos by Scott Kruitbosch © Connecticut Audubon Society and not to be reproduced without explicit CAS permission