Connecticut Audbon Society

Going birding this weekend? Help protect the shorebirds by giving them plenty of room.

American Oystercatchers nest at Milford Point.

May 23, 2024—There’s plenty of good birding left in Connecticut during spring migration, and of course the Migration Magic Birdathon runs through May 31.

We encourage you to visit our sanctuaries to see which birds are around.

If you’re planning to look for birds at the Milford Point Coastal Center over Memorial Day weekend, please time your visit to avoid the sandbar at high tide.

It is best to stay off the sandbar at least 2 hours before and 2 hours after high tide.

A dozen or so shorebird species are on the sandbar now. If you visit around low tide, you’ll have plenty of room to look and take photographs without getting too close. That’s a good way to help make sure the birds aren’t disturbed as they rest, eat, and nest.

Many of the shorebirds, plus wading birds such as Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets, can be found on the tidal marsh side of the point too. The views from the observation tower and parking lot platform are terrific.

If you visit the sandbar, please also heed the fencing and signs. And of course, leave your dogs at home.

Visitors Guide
Friday, May 24: High tide is 12:40 p.m. We ask that you visit the sandbars before 10:40 a.m. and after 2:40 p.m.

Saturday, May 25: High tide is 1:22 p.m. We ask that you visit the sandbars before 11:22 a.m. and after 3:22 p.m.

Sunday, May 26: High tide is 2:07 p.m. We ask that you visit the sandbars before 12:07 p.m. and after 4:07 p.m.

Monday, May 27: High tide is 2:55 p.m. We ask that you visit the sandbars before 12:55 p.m.and after 4:55 p.m.






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