[CT Birds] Southport Survey #130

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Thu Apr 29 10:22:53 EDT 2010

Southport Survey # 230 This is the last survey of the season.

The tide was low and Sunken Island completely exposed. The water  
started out calm but soon had white caps from the northwest wind. It  
was clear enough to see the Empire Stat Building. This time I just  
noticed I can see the Cormorants that nest on the Norwalk Islands as  
black specks! Off shore was empty except for 1 Common Loon, a Fly-by  
Long-tailed Duck and a Red-breasted Merganser. Way out were a couple  
of flocks of Cormorants. Along the rocky shore from Pine Creek Beach  
to Burying Hill Beach were 15 Great Egrets dotted along the shore  
like sentries. At the Harbor bridge I found nesting Barn Swallows,  
Tree Swallow, and Rough-winged Swallows. The Yellowlegs were on the  
flats in the harbor. And, there was one lone Bonaparte’s Gull at  
Southport Beach

Dennis Varza

DATE	4/11	4/15	4/20	4/29
Tide	High	Low   	High	Low
Time	6:50	6:45	6:45	6:20

Brant	500_340_258_77
Canada Goose	12_3_3_4
Mute Swan	0_7_0_2
American Wigeon	2_0_0_0
American Black Duck	2_0_0_0
Mallard	12_14_8_6
Long-tailed Duck	152_0_1_1
Red-breasted Merganser	20_16_4_1
Red-throated Loon	24_12_21_0
Common Loon	7_2_2_1
Horned Grebe	13_0_0_0
Northern Gannet	1_0_0_0
Double-crested Cormorant	8_10_186_121
Bonaparte’s Gull	72_32_4_1
Ring-billed Gull Ad.	25_30_68_44
Ring-billed Gull Im.	6_36_59_30
Herring Gull Ad.   	49_77_97_104
Herring Gull Im.    	8_19_7_14
Great Black-backed Gull Ad.	4_29_27_32
Great Black-backed Gull Im.	0_3_4_0

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