James Orrico and I birded some spots in Stratford and Milford today. The highlights were many migrant swallows and shorebirds as well as a nice showing of young birds. We were able to see all of CT’s 6 regular-occurring swallows which was a nice bonus.
Our first stop were the Warehouses in Stratford. We ran into Greg H., Buzz D. and Denise J. who said the Moorhen was not present. However, we did enjoy multiple swallow species and many young birds including American Robins.
We next visited the Access Road pool. A few Lesser Yellowlegs, and Semipalmated Sandpipers around. Because Stratford Pt. was closed we decided to move on to Milford Pt. An alternate-plumed Sanderling was a nice surprise, as were 6 swallow species, highlighted by a single CLIFF SWALLOW. The full List of highlights is below:
1 Sanderling 120 Semipalmated Sandpiper 5 Least Sandpiper 8 Semipalmated Plover 40 Common Terns (many were roosting on a sandbar before it was covered by the tide; 6 juveniles and 2 first summers were among the adults) 4 Laughing Gulls 2 American Oystercatchers (didn't walk out to see the Piping Plovers) 20+ Barn Swallow 2 Tree Swallows 1 CLIFF SWALLOW (first of the season for Milford Pt., seen with the hordes of Barns) 8 + Bank Swallow 3+ Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6 Purple Martins (a 6 Swallow day!) Another birder also had a Whimbrel roosting on a bar before it was covered.