Birders who Blog, Tweet and Chirp outing – July 11th – Milford Pt CT

30 06 2009

Clapper Rail Chicks - AJ Hand

Clapper Rail Chicks - AJ Hand

Just thought I’d throw up some details for the BWBTAC outing on July 11th.With a little of Dawn’s prompting I am putting together a date for anyone who has a birding blog and wants to spend a day on the wonderful wild coasts of Connecticut (and at an airport and an industrial park or two!!!!) with other blogmeister generals.

Excited to see some old friends and meet some local bloggers as well as the ever-wandering Dawn and Jeff. Anyway details as follows: I suggest that we meet at Milford Point and start our days activities there at 10am (directions below) – which will let everyone who’s traveling get a reasonable start in the morning (and arrive a  little after low tide). Plenty to look out for at arguably CT’s  finest shorebird hotspot – hopefully Nick from ‘shorebirder’ will be available to find us another Red-necked Stint or something (was it really 3 years ago now?) amongst the likely throngs of peeps. After that I’d suggest a look at a few spots in Stratford for coastal sparrows, herons, clapper rail, shorebirds, terns, and the US’s most northerly breeding Boat-tailed Grackle population, a stop at Marnick’s for Lobster Rolls for lunch and then on to my local shorebird hotspot Grace Salmon Park post high tide and perhaps an early evening stroll on the rather spectacular Penfield Reef.

For directions to Milford Point by car check the CAS website here. If anyone wants to try make the trip up via public transport you can get a train from Grand Central NYC to Milford (New Haven Line). Drop me an email and I’m more than happy to pick people up at the station.

Bring yourself, some serious DEET infused insect repellent, beach shoes, water, bins, scope and sense of humor. Look forward to seeing people then.