[CT Birds] Southport Survey #211 +

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sun Jan 10 13:31:37 EST 2010

Southport Survey # 211
The morning was clear and still and very cold, the water was calm.  
Off shore, hardly andy birds were about. The biggest group was 9 Red- 
breasted Mergansers just paddling along the shore.

The past few days of cold froze up the ponds in the Golf Course and  
the harbor except for by the bridge and the channel out to the Sound.  
That was where the Hooded Mergansers were along with a fair number of  
Canada Geese. There were no hunters at Southport Beach and more of  
the Canada Geese and most of  Mallards were there. The Gadwall were  
in creek behind Southport Beach. Overall the day was cold and dull.

I took a quick stop to Beardsley Park. and the Pond was frozen from  
the dam to the upper end of the inflow stream. Half the Mallards were  
below the dam, at the upper end were the Black Ducks and more  
Mallards. On the Ice were the Gulls and Geese.

Canada Goose	230
American Black Duck	103
Mallard	330
Ring-billed Gull	130/30
Herring Gull	20/2

Trap Falls Reservoir was totally frozen over.

Dennis Varza

DATE	12/19	12/24	1/5		1/10
Tide	Rising	Falling	Low		High
Time	7:40	7:35	7:45	8:15

Brant	0_65_5_0
Canada Goose	166_470_440_350
Mute Swan	6_6_4_4
Gadwall	0_3_6_4
American Wigeon	0_5_0_0
American Black Duck	18_28_16_6
Mallard	27_46_30_65
Greater Scaup	4_1_0_0
White-winged Scoter	10_1_0_0
Long-tailed Duck	10_56_2_2
Bufflehead	56_36_0_10
Common Goldeneye	3_12_16_0
Hooded Merganser	84_26_28_39
Common Merganser	0_0_2_0
Red-breasted Merganser	126_19_8_21
Red-throated Loon	3_2_1_2
Common Loon	5_3_1_1
Horned Grebe	1_9_1_3
Great Cormorant	4_2_0_0
Great Blue Heron   	2_0_1_1
American Coot	0_1_0_0
Black-bellied Plover	0_13_4_0
Ruddy Turnstone	0_66_62_0
Dunlin 	0_58_44_0
Ring-billed Gull Ad.	50_79_44_91
Ring-billed Gull Im.	0_1_0_2
Herring Gull Ad.   	65_55_303_106
Herring Gull Im.    	5_3_14_13
Great Black-backed Gull Ad.	2_5_4_5
Great Black-backed Gull Im.	1_0_0_0

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