[CT Birds] Southport Survey #212 +

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Thu Jan 14 16:32:57 EST 2010

Southport Survey # 212
The morning was clear and warm enough not to need gloves. The water  
was calm, turning flat by the end of the survey. Off shore there were  
flocks of Black Ducks. rarely have I seen more than 100 birds on the  
survey. The other change was an increase in Horned Grebes. Again, Red- 
breasted Mergansers were hanging just off  shore.

The Golf Course and the harbor continue to be frozen as before with  
the only open water by the bridge and the channel out to the Sound.  
Most of the Hooded Mergansers and Canada Geese were by the bridge.  
The coot made its appearance again. Where it was the past month I  
know not.  The Bufflehead were just off Southport Beach. The Gadwall  
were at the mouth of Sasco creek

I made a stop At Burying Hill Beach to not see the Lesser Black- 
backed Gull again. So, I made a count instead. The difference between  
Fairfield and here was striking. There were a lot more Long-tailed  
Duck, Common Goldeneye and Horned Grebe

Dennis Varza

DATE	12/24	1/5   	1/10	1/14
Tide	Falling	Low 	High	High
Time	7:35	7:45	8:15	8:10

Brant	65_5_0_26
Canada Goose	470_440_350_310
Mute Swan	6_4_4_7
Gadwall	3_6_4_9
American Wigeon	5_0_0_0
American Black Duck	28_16_6_144
Mallard	46_30_65_47
Greater Scaup	1_0_0_0
White-winged Scoter	1_0_0_0
Long-tailed Duck	56_2_2_14
Bufflehead	36_0_10_33
Common Goldeneye	3_12_16_5
Hooded Merganser	26_28_39_36
Common Merganser	0_2_0_0
Red-breasted Merganser	19_8_21_46
Red-throated Loon	2_1_2_4
Common Loon	3_1_1_3
Horned Grebe	9_1_3_13
Great Cormorant	2_0_0_1
Great Blue Heron   	0_1_0_0
American Coot	0_0_0_1
Black-bellied Plover	13_4_0_0
Ruddy Turnstone	66_62_0_0
Dunlin 	58_44_0_0
Ring-billed Gull Ad.	79_44_91_61
Ring-billed Gull Im.	1_0_2_0
Herring Gull Ad.   	55	303_106_97
Herring Gull Im.    	3_14_13_6
Great Black-backed Gull Ad.	5_4_5_2

Westport, Burying Hill Beach

Canada Goose	110
Mallard	12
Long-tailed Duck	104
Bufflehead	6
Common Goldeneye	32
Hooded Merganser	6
Red-breasted Merganser	49
Common Loon	3
Horned Grebe	42

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