8/28 – Sandy Point

Having not gone on a formal birding trip in a while, Jim Orrico and I got the ball rolling again with a nice evening visit to Sandy Point in West Haven yesterday. Our main targets were the previously-reported Red Knot and Baird’s Sandpipers, although a nice variety of shorebird species would have sufficed as well.

In the end, we pulled away with the Red Knot but missed the Baird’s Sandpipers, although a nice first cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull and Saltmarsh Sparrow served as consolation prizes.

Shorebird totals (nine species recorded):

45 Black-bellied Plover

22 Semipalmated Plover

1 Spotted Sandpiper

1 Greater Yellowlegs

4 Ruddy Turnstone


85 Sanderling

43 Semipalmated Sandpiper

3 Least Sandpiper

Red Knot

Red Knot; due to a recent surgery, I won’t be able to carry my SLR around for a while. Thus, all current photos from this fall are either digiscoped or digibinned with a Canon S90 unless otherwise noted.


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5 Responses to 8/28 – Sandy Point

  1. Donna Coughlin says:

    Thrilled to see you posting again!!

  2. Helen says:

    Great to see you back, Alex! Keep up the good work!

  3. Deanna says:

    Pretty productive day for a hastily planned trip! Enjoyed reading your blog–as usual!!

  4. Betsy says:

    Hi Alex,

    So glad to get your “Flight of the Scrub Jay”. Great to hear that you are back birding. We kayaked on Rangeley Lake with 17 other kayakers and were entertained by Eagles, Loons, Mergansers, & an Osprey. A great paddle. Had lunch on Narramantic Island at a friend’s house, which is a fantastic seasonal cottage with incredible antique appeal. Felt like we had rolled back the calendar 100 years. Saw a young male moose on the drive back not too far from the house. What a great day! Hugs from Maine, Betsy & Bruce too

  5. marcy klattenberg says:

    I would love to add a red knot to my 2013 list! My husband and I added whimbrel, western sandpiper, nighthawk, and believe it or not – monk parakeets (hadn’t seen any yet) this weekend. We were pleased. Glad you got out – the weather was miserable. Marcy.

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