[CT Birds] Missing Birds Grt Corm
lpflynn at optonline.net
lpflynn at optonline.net
Thu Nov 19 10:26:56 EST 2009
My data does not go back very far, but in the past few years I have found two or so Great Cormorants in the Norwalk Islands starting in late October. The numbers increase in early December and remain anywhere from 6-15 throughout the winter depending how far I search, they then start decreasing late March.
----- Original Message -----
From: Greg Hanisek
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:22 am
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Missing Birds Grt Corm
To: Dennis Varza , Posting Bird List
> One bird out of that group has caught my eye in recent years. It
> seems the
> center of abundance for wintering Great Cormorants has shifted
> from the
> Sound itself to the lower Conn. R. For the last few years the
> numbers from
> Essex north all the way to East Haddam has been pretty
> impressive, while the
> species seems harder to come by in the Sound (although Norwalk
> Is. may be an
> exception. Larry?). Maybe someone like Bill Yule could comment
> on whether
> there really is an increase in the river, or I've just noticed
> more for some
> Greg Hanisek
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dennis Varza"
> To: "Posting Bird List"
> Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 8:32 PM
> Subject: [CT Birds] Missing Birds
> > Hi Folks
> > It is clear that a number of species that are normally regular
> to common
> > have become scarce down here in the Fairfield-Stratford Area.
> > consequences of the rainy June?
> > American Wigeon-Eursaian Wigeon
> > There should be 20 to 100 birds in Aspetuck Reservoir Easton,
> and another
> > 20 to 50 birds at Seaside Park in Bridgeport. Plus, there
> should be birds
> > at St. Johns. Now there are no birds in Aspetuck Res. a few
> in the Ash
> > Creek/Seaside Park, none at St. John's and obviously no
> Eurasian Wigeons
> > reported anywhere.
> > Canvasback.
> > Frash Pond Stratford, usually by now there should be 50 or so
> > there, For the past week there has been only one.
> > Great Cormorant
> > This species seems to be in decline in the area the past
> couple of years.
> > This year I would be hard pressed to show someone a bird this
> month. Is
> > this the back end of global warming? They are not coming
> south anymore?
> > American Coot
> > In my area there are two sites (Lake Forest Bridgeport,
> Stratford Marina
> > area) that get several coot at this time. So far I have only
> seen one
> > bird in Lake Forest a couple of weeks ago. Inland, Lakes and
> > should be getting numbers around 100, but I have not seen
> many reported.
> > Conversely, this season seems good for Surf Scoters and Common
> > Then again if every year was the same, it would be rather
> boring after a
> > couple of years.
> > Dennis Varza
> > Fairfield
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