On May 15, 2008 at 6:30 PM, Connecticut Audubon's Milan Bull, led a guided tour of the spring migration of shorebirds along the Ash Creek tidal estuary. Kraig Steffen, Vice President of the Ash Creek Conservation Association (co-sponsor of the event) created this photo journal of the bird tour:
We started out near the sand spit at St Mary's in the light rain.
We quickly saw some interesting birds, including the Night Heron.
We then walked along ash creek and saw hooded mergansors, shorebirds, a woodpecker, various sparrows, grackles, and starlings. We stopped along Sailor's Lane to look out across the creek at the Osprey on the nest and her mate enjoying a fish (looked liked a Koi!) on a nearby branch.
We then went up the hill and checked out the nesting Herons, along with some movie crew workers!
Then it was back down to the water for a group photo.
And then down to the beach for an introduction to Project Limulus, the Horseshoe crab tagging project.
Aha, a pair of mating crabs...
Mark Beekey from Sacred Heart University giving us information on the crabs
One of Ash Creek Conservation Association's younger members learns about a male crab...
It was, as always, a fun and enjoyable time with Milan Bull from the Connecticut Audubon Society. Lots of birds, lots of interesting information about salt marsh ecology and the value of ash creek, and a great introduction to Project Limulus, the Horseshoe Crab census project. For more info visit the Black Rock Community Blog at www.blackrockonline.org