[CT Birds] Bridgeport

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Tue Sep 30 20:14:09 EDT 2008

Hi Folks

Here is a summary of Bridgeport Shore for September
Including Ash Creek, Black Rock Harbor and Seaside Park

Most recently there has been a general increase in Black Ducks. There  
was a lone Greater Scaup of St. Mary's moving about a lot and looking  
rather lost. Looking at the general trend Once can see the decline in  
Shorebirds and Double-crested Cormorant.

I continue to be amazed by the quantity of Great Egrets and their  
locations. At low tide they line up  like the royal guards around the  
base of  St. Mary's. They can also be seen in the pond at Seaside  
Park. In the 80 they were scarce and never so tolerant of people. It  
is hard to imagine In the 30's they were nearly hunted to extinction!

One can also see the peak of Laughing Gulls have passed. It is  
interesting that the Herring Gulls have been declining. I would guess  
that there was a post breeding dispersal and now a movement out of  
the area. Hatch year (HY)  Herring gulls seem to be found in  
clusters. One area you hardly see any and another they may make up  
half the birds observed.  The trend of few HY Ring-billed Gulls  
continue. Go up to Beardsley Park and about half the birds are HY.

Dennis Varza

Date	7 Sep—16 Sep—25 Sep—30 Sep
Tide	Low—Low—Low—Low
Canada Goose	225—190—70—88
Mute Swan	4—2—5—2
Mallard	30—35—16—35
Greater Scaup	0—0—0—1
American Black Duck	8—5—8—21
Double-crested Cormorant	99—108—124—67
Great Blue Heron	2—10—8—7
Great Egret	15—24—24—20
Snowy Egret	8—13—12—8
Black-crowned Night-Heron	0—7—0—12
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron	6—1—1—2
Black-bellied Plover	4—0—0—0
Killdeer	1—0—1—0
Semipalmated Plover	1—0—0—0
Greater Yellowlegs	2—0—0—1
Laughing Gull AHY	71—39—75—33
Laughing Gull HY	7—1—3—3
Ring-billed Gull AHY	503—180—281—278
Ring-billed Gull HY	13—3—6—3
Herring Gull AHY	368—276—205—135
Herring Gull HY	38—24—38—15
Great Black-backed Gull AHY	40—57—49—38
Great Black-backed Gull HY	15—10—8—3
Black Skimmer	0—1—0—0

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