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Rare Connecticut Birds

Here you’ll find images of birds recently photographed in Connecticut that are considered to be rare in our state. Each includes the species, location, and photographer. Check out our blog for more sightings of intriguing, uncommon, or otherwise notable birds.

Sabine’s Gull – Juvenile, Sherwood Island State Park, Westport, Sept 3, 2017. The bird was discovered early that morning by Tina Green, who quickly got word out to the birding community. It was subsequently seen by dozens of excited birders. It occurred during stormy weather, caused by the remnants of Hurricane Harvey. This represents only the second record of this species documented in CT; the first was of two juveniles in Windham on Sept 5, 1995 seen by Mark Szantyr and Bruce Carver.

Frank Mantlik
COA Vice President

Juvenile in flight over Long Island Sound off Sherwood Is. State Park, Westport, Connecticut, USA. 3 September 2017. Rare species in CT: second state record. © Frank Mantlik 2017

Juvenile on Long Island Sound off Sherwood Is. State Park, Westport, Connecticut, USA. 3 September 2017. Rare species in CT: second state record. © Frank Mantlik 2017

Juvenile on Long Island Sound off Sherwood Is. State Park, Westport, Connecticut, USA. 3 September 2017. Rare species in CT: second state record. © Frank Mantlik 2017

“These photos were taken by me at Falkner Is., Guilford, CT on 31 July 2017. This extreme CT rarity was present there from July 28 (found by tern researchers Cedric Duhalde and James Heuschkel) – seen almost daily – through it’s last sighting on Aug 11. The island, home of a large, protected tern nesting colony located 3.5 miles off the coast, is part of the Stewart B. McKinney NWR.  Access is very limited (no landing is permitted), and a boat is needed to reach the island. Despite this, many birders found ways – private boats, boats for hire, rental boats, and kayaks – to reach the island in attempts to view this rare bird. It was only the second record of this Caribbean species to be documented in the state; the first was 25 years ago, at this very same island!”

Frank Mantlik
COA Vice President

Bridled Tern by Steve Broker

Bridled Tern by Steve Broker

Summer Tanager pair (male) at Lighthouse Point, New Haven – May 1, 2017 by Frank Gallo

Summer Tanager pair at Lighthouse Point, New Haven – May 1, 2017 by Frank Gallo

Summer Tanager pair (female) at Lighthouse Point, New Haven – May 1, 2017 by Frank Gallo

Summer Tanager pair (female) at Lighthouse Point, New Haven – May 1, 2017 by Frank Gallo

Summer Tanager at Selleck’s Woods, Darien in May 2017 by Scott Kruitbosch

Yellow-headed Blackbird at Stratford Point, April 2017 by Scott Kruitbosch

Ross’s Goose at Long Shore Country Club, Westport by Frank Gallo

Lesser Black-backed Gull at Burying Hill Beach, Westport by Frank Gallo

Pacific Loon – Mystic – 12/28/16 by Frank Mantlik

Cackling Goose – Stratford – 1/1/17 by Frank Mantlik

Pink-footed Goose – Westport- 1/5/17 by Frank Mantlik

Ovenbird – Westport – 1/10/17 by Frank Mantlik

Northern Shrike – Morris – 1/13/17 by Frank Mantlik

Eared Grebe – Stratford – 1/16/17 by Frank Mantlik

Ross’s Goose – Westport/Fairfield – 1/17/17 by Frank Mantlik

Tufted Duck (with Greater Scaup) – Bridgeport – 1/22/17 by Frank Mantlik

Vesper Sparrow – Woodbury – 1/30/17 by Frank Mantlik

Orange-crowned Warbler – Stratford – 12/26/16 by Scott Kruitbosch