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Posts by Scott Kruitbosch

Volunteers Needed for Shorebird Monitoring 2018

Posted by on Feb 2, 2018

Volunteers Needed for Shorebird Monitoring 2018

Volunteers Needed for Shorebird Monitoring 2018 The Audubon Alliance for Coastal Waterbirds/CT DEEP Wildlife Division 2018 monitoring and stewardship season is about to begin! Please see below for details, and please pass this along to any new volunteers you feel would be interested in joining us. We hope all our past monitors will be returning this year after yet another record-setting season in 2017. We can only keep this success going with your help! Spend your summer days at the beach and help protect a federally threatened species! The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental...

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Short-eared Owl Camouflage

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018

Short-eared Owl Camouflage

I can’t understand why the Short-eared Owl has this plumage…it’s really tough to tell from these photos! You can also see the bird did not enjoy yesterday’s late afternoon snow, sleet, rain mix. I’m glad so many people have been coming by to enjoy watching our occasional owl at Stratford Point, and most are being very kind and respectful. Please keep it up! Stay on our trails and keep your distance while letting the owl hunt and fly around. It may end up providing terrific views if you stand in place considering how active it is at certain (varying) times. Scott...

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Grasshopper Sparrow

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018

Grasshopper Sparrow

Here’s another winter treat from earlier this week – a Grasshopper Sparrow! This bird should have been spending its holidays wintering in the southern U.S. or Central America. However, our friend Paul Fusco spotted this little one feeding in open grass along a trail. This was before the major snowfall on Thursday, and conditions have only worsened. We put some seed out for it that the bird was enjoying at the time. Hopefully it kept moving south before the latest storm and found refuge in other locations like this. Grasshopper Sparrows are another grasslands species with a...

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Short-eared Owl

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018

Short-eared Owl

You have seen a lot of Snowy Owl posts from me during this terrific irruptive season, and they are still with us in early 2018. However, I was lucky enough to enjoy this Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) actively hunting yesterday afternoon at Stratford Point. The bird may have just joined us that day as it was certainly very conspicuous, and it seemed quite hungry – though it was exceptionally talented at hunting with multiple kills! Short-eared Owls are ‘endangered’ in New York and their wintering population is ‘threatened’ in Connecticut. Undisturbed grassland...

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Supermoon 2018

Posted by on Jan 1, 2018

Supermoon 2018

Happy New Year from all of us at RTPI! Here was the New Year’s Day supermoon rising out of the water this frigid evening off of Stratford Point. Here’s to a superb 2018 full of gorgeous sights like this one! We have a lot to accomplish this year, and I hope you’ll be with us every step of the way. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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