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Milford Point
Milford Point in nearby Milford Ct has long been a favored spot for birders of Connecticut and rightly so!

Milford Point is a great place for birding in Connecticut, especially shorebirding. It is one of only a few areas in the state where the endangered Piping Plover nests as well as Least Terns in some years. It is also an important area for many other shorebirds as a stopover during migration.

The shorebird migration is earlier than it does for most birds. It begins in July, peaks in August and is just about finished in September. Be on the lookout for Dowitchers, Plovers, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstones, Yellowlegs, many types of sandpipers and also Godwits. It is not unusual to have several thousand shorebirds present at one time! This has also been a good spot for the occasional rarity!   A Black-tailed Godwit have even made appearances here a coule of years ago.


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Milford Point is also good for observing Osprey (they nest here), as well as waders like egrets and herons in spring and summer. Winter brings ducks and the occasional Snowy Owls. Peregrine Falcons also show up fairly regularly.... especiall during shorebird migration!

There is a visitor's center (The CT Audubon Coastal Center) that is open Tues - Saturday from 10-4 that has displays and information about the area. There is also a viewing platform near the parking lot as well as an observation tower to look out over the marsh.

Bring your binoculars and a scope if you have one and enjoy the day!

NOTE: more info can be found in The Connecticut Birding Guide by Buzz Devine and Dwight Smith.

Directions: take I-95 to Exit 34 (rte 1 in Milford). Turn right onto route 1 for .5 miles, then turn left onto Naugatuck Avenue. Follow Naugatuck for .6 miles and turn right onto Milford Point Road, follow for 2.2 miles to Seaview Ave. Turn right onto Seaview for .3 miles to fork - take right fork into parking lot for Miflord Point.

 

 

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