[CT Birds] Southport Survey #216

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sun Feb 7 11:33:26 EST 2010


Southport Survey # 216
There was a northwest wind, very unpleasant, but the water calm  
compared to the middle of the sound. The tide was mid going low.  
Birds were few and distant. There was a couple of flocks of Goldeneye  
and a scattering of Long-tails.

The golf course ponds remained frozen and the harbor was completely  
frozen except by the bridge. The open area contained the geese and  
Hooded Mergansers. At Southport Beach  the gulls were huddled out of  
the wind on the east side while the Black Ducks and frields were  
working the mouth of the creek.

Dennis Varza
Fairfield

DATE	1/21	1/27	2/2**	2/10
Tide	Low*	High	Low*	High
Time	8:00	7:45	7:10	7:15

Brant	62_80_305_18
Canada Goose	180_45_240_112
Mute Swan	7_4_4_2
American Wigeon	0_8_8_2
Gadwall	4_6_4_4
American Black Duck	24_0_140_58
Mallard	24_32_72_46
Long-tailed Duck	57_25_275_7
Bufflehead	24_6_28_22
Common Goldeneye	206_55_120
Hooded Merganser	26_21_24_57_6
Common Merganser	3_1_0_0
Red-breasted Merganser	34_14_22_20
Red-throated Loon	2_1_1_1
Common Loon	3_1_4_0
Horned Grebe	5_4_11_1
Great Cormorant	1_4_3_1
Great Blue Heron   	1_0_1_0
American Coot	1_0_0_0
Bonaparte’s Gull	2_0_0_0
Lesser Black-backed Gull	1_0_0_0
Ring-billed Gull Ad.	128_73_158_220
Ring-billed Gull Im.	1_2_2_5
Herring Gull Ad.   	117_85_203_106
Herring Gull Im.    	7_9_16_9
Great Black-backed Gull Ad.	10_5_6_4

I made a stop at Burying Hill Beach
Funny, just around the corner one gets different proportions. There  
were a lot more Long-tailed Duck and Common Loon off shore and more  
Geese in the creek. . The Brant wee feeding in the rocks at the east  
end of the beach.

Brant	35
Canada Goose	135
American Black Duck	24
Mallard	10
Long-tailed Duck	60
Common Goldeneye	8
Hooded Merganser	3
Red-breasted Merganser	14
Common Loon	7
Ruddy Turnstone	6
Ring Billed Gull	22
Herring Gull	115 Ad/4 Im
Lesser Black-backed Gull	1
Great Black-backed Gull	2




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