[CT Birds] Stratford Point Northern Gannet
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Wed Mar 24 05:31:19 EDT 2010
3/23 5:00-5:45, Stratford shoreline - I saw 1 NORTHERN GANNET flying off the Lordship Seawall (5:15 pm), as well as an estimated 5000 gulls (herring & ring-billed; no Bonaparte's) resting on the calm waters off Long Beach-Seawall-Short Beach during high tide (foggy, drizzly). Also many flocks of Brant, and some DC Cormorants, but almost no other waterfowl.
Three Am. Coots still at Birdseye boat ramp.
3/23 Westport, Compo Beach, 12:30 - 400 Ring-billed Gulls on soggy ballfields; nothing unusual.
3/22 Westport, Isle off 39 Soundview - pair of American Oystercatchers.
From: twan leenders <tleenders at ctaudubon.org>
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Subject: [CT Birds] Stratford Point Northern Gannet
A Northern Gannet just passed by Stratford Point heading west towards Long Beach. Also had our FOY Eastern Phoebe here this morning.
Many gulls flying back and forth by the point. Duck numbers are dwindling - few each of Mallard, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, American Black Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Common Goldeneye, Scaup sp., Surf Scoter and Red-breasted Merganser were seen earlier this morning. A single Red-throated Loon, several Double-crested Cormorants and decent-sized flocks of Brant and White-winged Scoter just flew by off-shore.
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