[CT Birds] Southport Survey #221

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Wed Mar 10 14:12:49 EST 2010

Southport Survey # 221
The water was flat and the sky clear. Off shore Long-tailed Ducks  
were scattered in groups of 10 to 20 all the way into Westport. The  
biggest flock of gulls was a group of 150 Herring Gulls flying east  
the first thing. There were a couple of small patches of birds  
feeding on the barnacle larvae. There was one small cluster of Ring- 
billed gulls and a couple of mixed flocks of Brant, Black Duck,  
Mallard, and Wigeon. Overall the gulls were scarce with whole beaches  
with no gulls on them. The Horned Grebe were closer to shore in  
groups of 5 to 10 birds scattered into Westport. Red-breasted  
Mergansers were in groups of 10’s cruising along the shore.

The golf course ponds contained most of the swans. There is one im.  
bird that keeps getting pushed around by the two pair. There were 2  
Killdeer on one of the greens. At Southport Beach at the mouth of  
Sasco Creek again had the ducks that had finished feeding off shore,  
and all the Buffleheads. The 2 Green-winged Teal were new for the  

At Burying Hill Beach off shore was more of the same except for a  
flock of Green-winged Teal that flew to the mouth of the creek.  
Sunken Island to Sherwood Island totaled 161 Horned Grebe and 340  
Long-tailed Duck

Dennis Varza

DATE	2/18	2/28	3/6	3/10
Tide	Low	High	Falling 	High
Time	7:15	7:15	7:15	6:30

Brant	58_103_122_85
Canada Goose	285_320_135_8
Mute Swan	2_7_7_5
Gadwall	8_0_6_2
American Wigeon	9_14_22_26
American Black Duck	42_21_16_105
Mallard	36_47_19
Green-winged Teal	0_0_0_16
Greater Scaup	0_17_220_10
Long-tailed Duck	292_70_185_110
Bufflehead	54_12_48	41
Common Goldeneye	2_30_8_9
Hooded Merganser	116_11_4_6
Red-breasted Merganser	12_15_46_25
Red-throated Loon	1_3_0_5
Common Loon	0_6_2_2
Horned Grebe	3_19_33_85
Great Cormorant	3_3_2_2
Great Blue Heron   	0_1_0_0
Killdeer	0_0_2_3
Ring-billed Gull Ad.	71_56_119_17
Ring-billed Gull Im.	1_0_1_0
Herring Gull Ad.   	96_181_105_114_120
Herring Gull Im.    	11_4_4_0
Great Black-backed Gull Ad.	6_6_10_6

Burying Hill Beach

DATE	2/18	2/28	3/6	3/10
Tide	Low	High	Low	High
Time	9:40	9:2	9:50	9:30

Brant	18_120_38_5
Canada Goose	10_70_0_8
Mute Swan	2_0_2_2
Gadwall	8_0_4_2
American Black Duck	10_16_4_14
Mallard	8_2_6_18
Long-tailed Duck	50_122_130
Common Goldeneye	14_12_10_6
Hooded Merganser	6_2_0_0
Red-breasted Merganser	4_8_8_12
Red-throated Loon	0_ 0_ 0_ 3
Common Loon	2_12_2-4
Horned Grebe	6_6_14-76
Great Cormorant	1_0_3_0
Ruddy Turnstone	0_65_0_0
Ring Billed Gull	4_3_13_37
Herring Gull	48/1_8/0_32_9	Ad./Im.
Great Black-backed Gull	1_2_4_6

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