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.




7 responses

30 06 2009
Dawn Fine

Oh..How exciting! Birders, Bloggers, Birding and Lobster rolls the same day!
Great Job Luke on the planning stage of this! I will also do a blog with list of attendees so far and link to your post.
What are wave runners???
I have all the rest of the stuff ..
Thanks again!

30 06 2009

Hi Dawn,

Changed that to beach shoes. I imagine there will be some wading through the surf at Milford.


30 06 2009

I don’t even know what a beach shoe is but i’m good to go with everything else-especially the lobster rolls.

30 06 2009
Dawn Fine

I just posted on my blog about the outing and the cast of characters! Should be a great time!
Thanks for organizing!

1 07 2009

essentially something that can get wet or something waterproof – the choice is yours.

12 07 2009

Thank you so much for leading our crazy little band. It was a fun-filled day, with yes, lobster rolls as promised. I have to say my favorite birds were the Monk Parakeets. But the the King Eider, Surf Scoter and Piping Plovers were fab too. Let’s do think of another outing.

13 07 2009

Great to meet such a nice group of birders and to share my little patch of the world with you for the day. Hope to see you again soon.

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