[CT Birds] Southport Survey #142

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sun Apr 6 20:09:40 EDT 2008

Survey # 142 6 April 2008

It was low tide,  Sunken Island was completely exposed, the water was  
calm and the sky overcast.

Here is proof that deer are everywhere. There was one siting out on  
Sunken Island behind rocks out of the wind. You could see the ears  
and top of the head above the rocks.

Off shore the Long-tailed Ducks continued to be flying about but in  
smaller numbers. I am always impressed by the stark contrast between  
winter and spring plumage (they should have been called Pied Duck)  
The White-winged Scoters continued and the Gannet was still there.  
Most of the Horned Grebes and Red-throated Loons were just inside the  
harbor.   The puddle ducks continue at the mouth of the creek at  
Southport Beach. The Bonaparte’s Gulls continue in small numbers and  
were all adults. Most of the Ring-billed Gulls were on the golf  
course and the Hooded Mergansers were in the pond. Flying across the  
course was a Red-showldered Hawk (new to the route). The egrets were  
in the upper harbor and the Black-crowned Night-Heron in a tree next  
to the bridge over the harbor. Still no Double-creasted Cormorants.

The mate of the Osprey returned and they managed to get about a third  
of the sticks necessary to complete the nest.  On second  
consideration, they have to make a platform at least 6 ft. tall.

Dennis Varza

Fairfield, Sunken Island, South Pine Creak Beach, Sasco Beach,  
Southport Harbor and Southport Beach 6:55-8:30

March -April (Tide)	24(L)	31(H)	6(L)
Brant                	222	47	193
Canada Goose	123	72	14
Mute Swan      	3	4	4
American Wigeon	28	32	48
Gadwall           	12	20	16
American Black Duck	33	26	24
Mallard                     	48	25	32
White-winged Scoter	6	2	6
Long-tailed Duck     	84	82	20
Bufflehead               	18	14	0
Common Goldeneye	3	2	2
Hooded Merganser  	16	3	6
Red-breasted Merganser	30	24	12
Red-throated Loon	5	8	7
Common Loon  	1	0	2
Horned Grebe   	8	77	43
Northern Gannet	0	1	1
Bonaparte’s Gull	48	0	65
Ring-billed Gull	58	48	82
Herring Gull     	306	77	46
Great Black-backed Gull	8	2	8

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