[CT Birds] Southport Survey #126

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sat Apr 10 18:09:15 EDT 2010

Southport Survey # 226
The tide was high, and a strong west wind producing white caps out in  
the Sound. The sky was cloudy, according to the Stratford Airport the  
wind was about 15 mph gusting to  22. The large waves made viewing  
ducks and others on the water difficult. Off shore there were 2 Ad.  
Gannets and lots of Bonaparte’s Gulls. Off Sunken Islands there was  
as sitting flock of about 100 Brant and about 100 Bonaparte’s Gulls.  
More gulls were seen streaming into Southport Beach even though it  
was high tide.

The Bonaparte’s Gulls need some details. Between Southport Beach and  
Burying Hill Beach is a bluff filled with very expensive houses. When  
viewing from Southport beach there is a line of piling on the west  
side that one can’t see around. Scanning from Sasco Hill Beach. one  
can see beyond the pilings. At low tide there are often ducks working  
the shore. Today, a large proportion of the Bonaparte’s Gulls were  
there apparently trying to get out of the wind. There is also a  
Purple Martin Colony at one of the houses on the bluff. At high power  
one can just make out birds flying about. Today I found no birds.

In Southport Harbor there were the five Mute Swans paddling about. I  
guess then have been interrupted in their nesting again. All the  
Mallards were in the Harbor and all Males. The females are off on  
eggs somewhere. The Osprey filled up their nesting platform and look  
like they are ready to lay eggs.

Herring and Ring-billed Gulls were relatively few in number, most  
flying about off shore. A look at any group of birds shows that most  
of the birds are immatures and a large proportion are first year birds.

At Burying Hill Beach conditions were the same and hence few birds to  
be seen..

Dennis Varza

DATE	3/18	3/24	4/01	4/10
Tide	Low 	High	Low 	High
Time	7:40 	7:55	7:10	7:15

Brant	283_226_454_388
Canada Goose	28_34_8_6
Mute Swan	6_2_5_5
Gadwall	2_2_0_0
American Wigeon	10_0_2_0
American Black Duck	51_11_6_0
Mallard	27_4_10_7
Greater Scaup	16_48_0_0
Long-tailed Duck	212_132_216_18
Bufflehead	42_26_2_0
Common Goldeneye	0_3_0_0
Hooded Merganser	10_0_0_0
Red-breasted Merganser	66_43_46_7
Red-throated Loon	6_2_18_2
Common Loon	8_2_4_1
Horned Grebe	45_8_39_3
Northern Gannet	0_1_0_2
Great Cormorant	2_5_1_0
Double-crested Cormorant	0_0_2_13
Killdeer	1_0_0_0
Bonaparte’s Gull	0_64_0_1400
Ring-billed Gull Ad.	1263_107_106_50
Ring-billed Gull Im.	13_12_30_30
Herring Gull Ad.   	560_124_358_72
Herring Gull Im.    	5_9_50_16
Great Black-backed Gull Ad.	18_10_14_6
Great Black-backed Gull Im.	2_4_3_0

Burying Hill Beach

DATE	3/18	3/24	4/1	4/10
Tide	Low	High	Low	High
Time	9:45_10:20	10:15	9:00

Brant	10_250_25_22
Canada Goose	0_8_0_2
Mute Swan	2_0_2_1
Gadwall	0_0_2_0
American Wigeon	10_0_8_0
American Black Duck	33_14_34_0
Mallard	36_15_6_2
Long-tailed Duck	220_30_480_18
Red-breasted Merganser	39_14_10_5
Red-throated Loon	12_0_36_0
Common Loon	17_2_5_0
Horned Grebe	13_2_9_1
Great Cormorant	1_0_0_0
Ring Billed Gull	80_60/15_44/12_4/4	Ad./Im.
Herring Gull	34_10_48/5	15/5	Ad./Im.
Lesser Black-backed Gull	0_0_1_0
Great Black-backed Gull	2_2_2_0

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