Fairfield County Homes for Sale: Fall Bird Watching Update at Ash Creek

Fall Bird Watching Update at Ash Creek

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  Hi.... Fall has arrived with today's 11/15th three dozen American Wigeon's..and yesterdays Mergansers both Red Breasted and  Hooded... the pair of Swans often visit with their "teenager' ..& ..past two days the frantic feeding of Sparrows has ceased ? why? maybe snow is on its way? ...the one Great Blue Heron still fishes here and a few Yellow legs yesterday  both incomming and out going tides ..the King Fisher especially active on sunny days.. and seems to be quite lucky!

Happiness on the Ash Creek

Jean Layton

Ash Creek Conservation Association member



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Comment balloon 5 commentsGail Robinson • November 21 2010 01:02PM


Gail, is that a Blue Herron or an American Wigeon?  I've never heard of a Wigeon before.  What a great picture.

Posted by Kate Bourland, Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing (Marketing with Kate) over 8 years ago

Gail I have lived in Connecticut a long time, and have never seen one of those birds.  Do they basically appear down there by you, and not travel further North to where I am?

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 8 years ago

Kate - I'm not sure exactly which bird it is.  I've never heard of a Wigeon before either.

George - The Ash Creek tidal estuary becomes a shallow mudflat at low tide.  It is one of the last remaining relatively undisturbed tidal wetlands in an urban environment in the the entire U.S.  Citizen groups have been protecting it for over 60 years, which has allowed the estuary to self-restore itself.  There are only 16 stopover places for migratory shorebirds along the Connecticut coast and this is one of them.  Migratory shorebirds don't like docks, piers, or other structures, so our little group, the Ash Creek Conservation Association, works to preserve the shoreline from development.  Part of the area is Open Space and another part is conservation land purchased through a private foundation.  It's breathtaking to come across an area so alive with nature in Connecticut's largest city.

Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hey Gail, what a great photo you have captured.  Animals seem to know when change is about to occur. Very interesting :) Have a great day!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 8 years ago

I have a Blue Heron that fishes in my creek out back. His favorite snack seems to be snakes. Can you imagine swallowing one alive? He just gobbles it down!

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 8 years ago

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