[CT Birds] Southport Survey #222

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Tue Mar 16 14:32:58 EDT 2010

Southport Survey # 222
The water was Calm getting rougher the further out one goes, and the  
Sky cloudy with a Northeast wind. Sunken Island was half covered by  
the time I started. The highlight of the trip was a Thick-billed  
Murre sitting a plain as day off shore, and another one off Burying  
Hill Beach. Off shore Long-tailed Ducks were flying about in small  
groups of 2 to 5 birds. Most of the birds were flying west. Long- 
tails are a challenge this time of year with birds in all variations  
of plumage from winter to spring. The other ducks were in small  
number scattered about. There was one small flock of barnacle feeding  
gulls just north of Sunken Island. There were 35 Ring-billed Gulls  
and 10 Herring Gulls and about 20 Brant. Otherwise most of the gulls  
were on the shore feeding (mostly in the rocks) on what got wash up.  
Loons were a little more common and the Horned Grebes were scarce.

The golf course was pretty empty of birds. There were a few  
indication of swans nesting earlier here and elsewhere, but it looks  
like the storm put an end of that to for now. Inside Southport Harbor  
there were a few geese and Hooded Mergansers. Also, 2 Coot and a Pied- 
billed Grebe. No sign of Killdeers anywhere, and no Buffleheads! At  
Southport Beach there was a Gull Hawk busy feeding. (A Gull Hawk is  
like a Duck Hawk with the obvious difference)

At Burying Hill Beach off shore was more of the same except for a lot  
more brant feeding in the rocks with the gulls. There was one large  
cluster of Red-breasted Mergansers with the loons in several clusters  
around the edge. The 2 Great Cormorants were fly-bys.

Dennis Varza

DATE	2/28	3/6	3/10	3/16
Tide	High	Falling	High	Low
Time	7:15	7:15	6:30	7:30 (edt)

Brant	103_122_85_138
Canada Goose	320_135_8_16
Mute Swan	7_7_5_7
Gadwall	0_6_2_2
American Wigeon	14_22_26_2
American Black Duck	21_16_105_9
Mallard	47_19_38_14
Green-winged Teal	0_0_16_0
Greater Scaup	17_220_10_5
Long-tailed Duck	70_185_110_99
Bufflehead	12_48_41_0
Common Goldeneye	30_8_9_0
Hooded Merganser	11_4_6_8
Red-breasted Merganser	15_46_25_30
Red-throated Loon	3_0_5_5
Common Loon	6_2_2_5
Horned Grebe	19_33_85_3
Great Cormorant	3_2_2_0
Great Blue Heron   	1_0_0_0
Killdeer	0_2_3_0
Ring-billed Gull Ad.	56_119_17_124
Ring-billed Gull Im.	0_1_0_5
Herring Gull Ad.   	181_105_114_177
Herring Gull Im.    	4_4_0_14
Great Black-backed Gull Ad.	6_10_6_6

Burying Hill Beach

DATE	2/28	3/6	3/10	3/16
Tide	High	Low	High	mid rising
Time	9:20	9:50	9:30	9:45

Brant	120_38_5_190
Canada Goose	70_0_8_10
Mute Swan	0_2_2_0
Gadwall	0_4_2_4
American Black Duck	16_4_14_43
Mallard	2_6_18_6
Long-tailed Duck	122_130_88
Common Goldeneye	12_10_6_10
Hooded Merganser	2_0_0_0
Red-breasted Merganser	8_8_12_30
Red-throated Loon	 0_ 0_ 3_0
Common Loon	12_2_4_9
Horned Grebe	6_14-76_6
Great Cormorant	0_3_0_2
Ruddy Turnstone	65_0_0-0
Ring Billed Gull	3_13_37_180
Herring Gull	8_32_9_143
Great Black-backed Gull	2_4_6_2
Thick-billed Murre	0_ 0_ 0_ 1_

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