[CT Birds] large scoter flock

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jan 6 20:47:26 EST 2009

To add to Charlie's posting, I remained in the area and carefully scoped the scoter flock for about another 45 minutes, and also had a group of about 30 SURF SCOTERS and at least one pair of BLACK SCOTERS.

--- On Tue, 1/6/09, Chasbarnard at aol.com <Chasbarnard at aol.com> wrote:

> From: Chasbarnard at aol.com <Chasbarnard at aol.com>
> Subject: [CT Birds] large scoter flock
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Date: Tuesday, January 6, 2009, 1:25 PM
> This morning, Frank Mantlik and I scoped a large flock of
> White-winged  
> Scoter which was at least 300 birds strong. This flock was
> far offshore, in a  
> southerly direction from Stratford Point. There may have
> been a few scoter of  
> other species mixed in out there, but at the very least the
> vast majority  were 
> White-winged Scoter. 
> There were also good numbers of Long-tailed Ducks winging
> back and forth  and 
> a flock of perhaps 100 Greater Scaup also settled into the
> water in the  
> vicinity of the scoter flock.
> I would chime in on the duck hunting theme by reminding
> folks that at least  
> some of the funding for the Stewart B McKinney NWR here in
> Connecticut came 
> from  Duck Stamp sales. I would rather have a marsh where
> hunting is allowed 
> than a  site which used to be a marsh but is now more
> warehouses or marinas.
> On the way home, I stopped at Roosevelt Forest in Stratford
> and flushed an  
> American Woodcock.
> Charlie Barnard Jr.
> Stratford
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