[CT Birds] Southport Survey #223

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Thu Mar 18 12:25:09 EDT 2010

Southport Survey # 223
This trip was to get a better count at complete low tide and without  
the storm. The water was calm and the Sky clear with no wind. Sunken  
Island was completely exposed. Off shore there was a drift of  
barnacle gulls just beyond sunken Island. It contained about 1000  
Ring-billed Gulls, 200 Herring Gulls, 40 American Black Duck the 16  
Greater Scaup and 180 Brant. Most of the rest of the gulls were  
scraping barnacle larvae off the rocks. Long-tailed Ducks were flying  
about in small groups of 2 to 5 except for 3 groups of about 80 birds  
each. The Horned Grebe and Loons increased in number.

The golf course was still empty of birds. Southport Harbor had the  
flats exposed but nothing on them. The Bufflehead returned. At  
Southport Beach there were plenty of gulls but no Bonaparte’s. There  
were 2 im. Great Black-backed Gulls, not seen in quite a while.

At Burying Hill Beach there were a lot more Long-tailed Ducks and  
making a lot of noise. There was all a large amount of fish eating  
species, Loons, Grebes, and Red-breasted Mergansers.

Dennis Varza

DATE	3/6	3/10	3/16	3/18
Tide	Falling	High	Low	Low
Time	7:15	6:30	7:30 (edt)	7:40 (edt)

Brant	122_85_138_283
Canada Goose	135_8_16_28
Mute Swan	7_5_7_6
Gadwall	6_2_2_2
American Wigeon	22_26_2_10
American Black Duck	16_105_9_51
Mallard	19_38_14_27
Green-winged Teal	0_16_0_0
Greater Scaup	220_10_5_16
Long-tailed Duck	185_110_99_212
Bufflehead	48_41_0_42
Common Goldeneye	8_9_0_0
Hooded Merganser	4_6_8_10
Red-breasted Merganser	46_25_30_66
Red-throated Loon	0_5_5_6
Common Loon	2_2_5_8
Horned Grebe	33_85_3_45
Great Cormorant	2_2_0_2
Killdeer	2_3_0_1
Ring-billed Gull Ad.	119_17_124_1263
Ring-billed Gull Im.	1_0_5_13
Herring Gull Ad.   	105_114_177_560
Herring Gull Im.    	4_0_14_5
Great Black-backed Gull Ad.	10_6_6_18
Great Black-backed Gull Im.	0_0_0_2

Burying Hill Beach

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

Brant	38_5_190_10
Canada Goose	0_8_10_0
Mute Swan	2_2_0_2
Gadwall	4_2_4_0
American Black Duck	4_14_43_33
Mallard	6_18_6
Long-tailed Duck	122_130_88_220
Common Goldeneye	10_6_10_0
Red-breasted Merganser	8_12_30_39
Red-throated Loon	 0_ 3_0_12
Common Loon	2_4_9_17
Horned Grebe	14-76_6_13
Great Cormorant	3_0_2_1
Ring Billed Gull	13_37_180_80
Herring Gull	32_9_143_50	Ad./Im.
Great Black-backed Gull	4_6_2_2

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