1843: The American Journal of Science and Arts: The only specimen of the little grebe (P. minor,) that I have seen, and now have with other species in my cabinet, was killed by flying against the light-house on Stratford Point. This comfort and direction to the benighted mariner, proves a great source of destruction to migrating birds. The increase of light-houses on our coast, serves greatly to decrease the numbers of the feathered race that fly within their deadening influence. I find the skulls of such not unfrequently broken, and bloody.

June 9, 1877 - STRANGE FLIGHT OF BIRDS ON LONG ISLAND SOUND: Nearly every lighthouse on, and every vessel plying through the sound on Tuesday night was the scene of destruction of hundreds of little birds from the burning forests of Long Island. An account of what occurred at the Southwest Ledge Light and on the propeller Bolivia has already been given. A still more marvelous case is told us today. The steamboat Continental was boarded on Wednesday morning at half-past two o'clock, while off Stratford Light, by Isaac Stillwell, a Hell Gate pilot. As he stepped on board he noticed that the deck appeared to be covered with something which yielded under his feet. It was found that the boat was covered with little birds. They were swept off in heaps, and in the morning a part of them were counted, the number exceeding seven hundred and fifty. Several times during the shower of birds the lights of the boat were put out, the holes made for ventilation being stopped up by the little creatures. Some of the birds were selected of the many, and a pot-pie was made which is said to have been very good. There can be no doubt but the birds came from Long Island and sought a place to rest their wings, exhausted by the trip across the Sound.

March 24, 1886 - A soft-shell clam 14 Inches in circumference, 2 = inches thick and weighing 18 ounces was dug the other day by John Edwards, off Stratford Point, Conn.


Deer 1900


Seal 2013


Coyotes Short Beach


Bald eagle at Short Beach


Common dolphin Bennetts Cove


Common dolphin Bennetts Cove

September 23, 1915: VORACIOUS BIRD HOVERING OVER LORDSHIP PARK: A bird that is believed to be an eagle by many persons and an immense hawk by others, has been preying on chickens, song birds and even rabbits in and about Lordship Park. According to Merle Cowles, superintendent of the grounds, the bird has been in the neighborhood for two months and all the song birds have been driver away or killed. Chickens are rapidly being eliminated by the bird. Several rabbits have disappeared. Feathers and remnants of rabbits have been found to bear evidence to the belief that some big bird is preying on the smaller live things in that neighborhood. If the depredations continue a trap will be set for the bird.

August 15, 1918 - DEAD CRABS NOTICED: A large number of small dead crabs were noticed in the water along the beach at Lordship Park this morning. Just why there should be such a quantity of these crabs dead is not known but it may be the result of practice of trying out big guns and torpedoes in the Sound that has shocked the shellfish to death.

March 6, 1937 - PARADE MAGAZINES MOST EXTRAORDINARIEST CAT FOR 1937": Surprise! At long last we have be winner of the great Mystery Prize cat contest for you. He is Peter, alias Pierre, pet of Edna L. Trepanier, 134 Spruce Street, Lordship Manor, Stratford, Conn. And here's why he is the "most extraordinariest cat for 1937." He Understands both French and English; gets into a paper bag and begs to be weighed - he's proud of his 18 pounds; likes to be washed; takes hikes with Edna and her Dad and has sense enough to get out of the way when he meets all automobiles and meets Mr. Trepanier at the bus stop every working night at the same hour. Only ordinary thing about Peter, in fact, is his birth. "He's a black alley cat," Edna tells Parade. "He knows French because mother always speaks that to him. When we show him a bag and scale, he jumps into the bag and curls up until he has been weighed. We wash his face and paws with a damp cloth and he likes it. He sits perfectly still. "Have you ever seen a cat take Sunday afternoon walks? Peter just dashes ahead of Dad and me. But he's a real country cat. When an automobile comes along he jumps into a thicket until it has passed. "Promptly at 5:30 every evening Peter watches the bus stop three blocks from our home. Many men get out of the bus, but Peter waits until Dad alights. Then be streaks to meet him. If Dad ignores him, Peter runs between his legs until he is picked up."

March 13, 1937 - EXTRAORDINARIEST CAT AND MISTRESS THRILLED: Take It from Peter, alias Pierre - he's glad Parade finally recognized cats. And take it from his mistress, Edna L. Trepanier - she was plenty excited that her cat was named "Most Extraordinariest Cat for 1937" in the recent Mystery-Prize Cat Contest. Writes Edna from 134 Spruce Street, Lordship Manor, Stratford, Conn. "You have no idea how excited and pleased were Pierre, mother, dad and I on learning our cat was the prize winner! And Peter is ever so anxious to get those prizes! What could they be? I hope some of the boxes contain catnip. Pierre ate the last bush we planted in our backyard! "I have five brothers and sisters and am sending them all copies of Parade about Peter. We all dearly love our Most Extraordinariest cat."

April 28, 1938 - REACHING FOR MORE PRIZES: Well, you can't blame a cat for trying, meows Peter, Pierre who is pictured above. Chosen "most extraordinariest cat of 1937" in a Parade contest, "Pierre" received 12 mystery prizes, one every month. Now he asks, "purr" his mistress, Edna Trepanier, 134 Spruce street, Lordship Manor, Stratford, Conn. "Is Parade anticipating another cat contest? If so, I may try again. Pierre's prizes: A box of catnip, collar, comb and brush, bells, raincoat, roll of ribbon, pillow, bowl, scratcher, toy mice, flea soap, can of fish. For which he lustily meows "Many thanks!"