[CT Birds] Southport Survey #198

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sat Oct 10 16:14:50 EDT 2009

Southport Survey # 198
When I arrived at Sunken Island the waves were breaking over it and a  
bunch of Laughing Gulls were flying over it. I thought the turbulence  
attracted the birds looking for food. As it turned out, when the  
rocks became exposed the birds landed. Then they were joined by the  
Bonaparte’s Gull. Otherwise off shore there was the occasional  
cormorant and a fly-by Common Loon. The turnstones seems to be on  
their way to Penfield Reef. The Golf course had few people and so  
some birds. There was 2 Kestrels flying about, and 2 Eastern  
Meadowlarks. I don’t recall ever seeing Meadowlarks on the course  
before. Again, the killdeer were on the flats of Southport Harbor.  
The Oystercatchers were at Penfield Beach.

Dennis Varza

DATE	9/26	10/1	10/6	10/10
Tide	High	High	Low	Low
Time	7:15	7:20	7:30	7:45

Canada Goose	1_0_25_27
Mute Swan	2_2_2_2
Mallard	4_2_19_8
Green-winged Teal	0_5_0_0
Hooded Merganser	1_0_0_0
Double-crested Cormorant	35_49_38_39
Great Blue Heron   	2_0_1_3
Great Egret    	4_5_3_3
Snowy Egret  	7_3_8_7
Killdeer   	3_3_5_2
American Oystercatcher	0_0_0_3
Ruddy Turnstone		0_0_0_12
Greater Yellowlegs	2_0_0_0
Lesser Yellowlegs	1_0_0_0
Bonaparte’s Gull	0_0_0_1
Laughing Gull Ad  	21_9_15_26
Ring-billed Gull Ad.	48_85_82_31
Ring-billed Gull Im.	2_4_2_1
Herring Gull Ad.   	58_42_136_108
Herring Gull Im.    	4_5_4_5
Great Black-backed Gull Ad.	3_5_9_3
Great Black-backed Gull Im.	0_1_0_0

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