[CT Birds] Fw: Re: Missing Birds Grt Corm

Boletebill boletebill at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 20 08:41:24 EST 2009


Oops. I meant to send this to the list but sent to Greg only.
Great Cormorants: See below.

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--- On Thu, 11/19/09, Boletebill <boletebill at yahoo.com> wrote:


From: Boletebill <boletebill at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Missing Birds Grt Corm
To: "Greg Hanisek" <ghanisek at rep-am.com>
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 9:34 AM






Great Cormorants on the lower CT River:
 
   My experience here has no hard data but I'll share my general impressions about these winter visitors.  There seems to be a substantial population here (75-200 is a wild guess) that varies from year to year depending on ice conditions on the river in the months of Jan. and Feb. It seems to me that this population has been relatively stable and established in the last 10 years and before that(1995-2000) there was a general upwards trend. The GC winter population is fairly easy to observe because when they aren't fishing they all collect on the large metal Day Markers on the lower river and the trees on Lord Island opposite Parkers Point Road.


  Hank G. or Andy G. could probably give the group a more exact impression of the CT river population trend than I as they both have been observing this part of the river longer than I have.


Bill Yule

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--- On Wed, 11/18/09, Greg Hanisek <ghanisek at rep-am.com> wrote:


From: Greg Hanisek <ghanisek at rep-am.com>
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Missing Birds Grt Corm
To: "Dennis Varza" <dennisvz at optonline.net>, "Posting Bird List" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2009, 9:23 PM


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 reason.

Greg Hanisek
Waterbury


----- Original Message ----- From: "Dennis Varza" <dennisvz at optonline.net>
To: "Posting Bird List" <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
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.  More 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 birds 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  reservoirs should be getting numbers around 100, but I have not seen  many reported.
> 
> 
> Conversely, this season seems good for Surf Scoters and Common Eiders
> 
> 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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