[CT Birds] Thanksgiving Survey!

Alexander Burdo alexanderburdo at mac.com
Thu Nov 26 14:28:00 EST 2009

Surveyed again today, covering the same ground, Ash Creek and a bit of  

Highlights included 3 Gadwall, a total of 31 Hooded Mergansers, 3  
continuing Lesser Scaup at the pond at St. Mary's, 1st Great Corm at  
St. Mary's and a continuing Red-breasted Nuthatch at Ash Creek Open  

A male Gadwall was seen at Ash Creek Main, joining with the two  
continuing Gadwall at the pond at St. Mary's to make 3 Gadwall for the  
trip. Gull numbers were down a good amount. American Black Duck  
numbers were also down a bit. The three Canada Geese continue to  
frequent the area, this time they were seen in the marsh at Open  
Space. Large flocks of American Robins, Mourning Doves, and European  
Starlings were present at open space. The red-breasted Nuthatch  

Low Tide: 12:15
Weather: Mostly Cloudy

Main Ash Creek from Riverside Drive and Fairfield Avenue
1 Gadwall
5 Mallard
23 American Black Duck
16 Hooded Merganser
2 'Domestic' Goose
14 Ring-billed Gull
6 Herring Gull
1 Belted Kingfisher

Upper Ash Creek-Viewed from Parking Lot on Fairfield Avenue
4 Mallard
7 American Black Duck
6 Hooded Merganser
1 Great Blue Heron
15 Ring-billed Gull
12 Herring Gull
1 Im. Herring
1 Im. Great Black-backed
1 Belted Kingfisher

Main Ash Creek From Gilman Street
1 Mute Swan
26 American Black Duck
5 Mallard
1 Red-breasted Merganser
2 Great Blue Heron
19 Ring-billed Gull
7 Herring Gull

Lower Ash Creek from Gilman Street
2 Mute Swan
2 Mallard
15 American Black Duck
12 American Wigeon
12 Bufflehead
3 Hooded Merganser
1 Red-breasted Merganser (different individual)
2 Ring-biled Gull
6 Herring Gull
1 Im. Herring
2 Belted Kingfisher

St. Mary's By the Sea
1 Common Loon
1 Great Cormorant
11 Ring-billed Gull
1 Im. Ring-billed
15 Herring Gull
6 Im. Herring
1 Savannah Sparrow

Pond at St. Mary's
2 Gadwall
25 Mallard
24 American Black Duck
4 Mallard x American Black Duck
3 Lesser Scaup
6 Hooded Merganser (all females)
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Black-crowned Nigh-Heron

Captain's Cove
17 American Black Duck
5 Ring-billed Gull
1 Im. Ring-billed
2 Herring Gull
1 Great Black-backed Gull

Ash Creek Open Space
3 Canada Goose
8 American Black Duck
28 Mourning Dove
2 Monk Parakeet
3 Blue Jay
2 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
22 American Robin
13 European Starling
1 White-throated Sparrow
5 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco

Hope everyone is having a safe and happy thanksgiving!

Alex Burdo

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