[CT Birds] Southport Survey #238

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sun Sep 19 16:56:09 EDT 2010

Southport Survey # 238

The tide was high and the water calm. Sky was clear with little wind.  
Off shore there was one bit of activity. First I spotted a couple of  
Herring Gulls sitting on the water dipping their bills, then a couple  
of cormorants popped up. Shortly, the Common Terns stopped in their  
traveling to do a little fishing. Otherwise there was the odd  
Laughing Gull out on the water. A couple of Killdeer were calling at  
the golf course. They probably nest there but considering the amount  
of habitat and the limited view, they are not always seen. Most of  
the Ring-billed Gulls were resting on Sasco Beach, quite an increase.  
The lack of Mallards was unexpected..

At Southport Beach a flock of 500 Tree Swallows flew in off the  
water. Since they were in a direct flight, not the swirling ones that  
are impossible to count, the count was rather accurate.

Dennis Varza

DATE	8/25	9/01	9/11	9/19
Tide	Low.	High	Low.	High
Time	6:30	6:50	6:55	7:00

Canada Goose	19_0_0_41
Mute Swan	6_0_2_5
American Black Duck	2_2_0_0
Mallard	42_52_55_5
Double-crested Cormorant	33_38_30_41
Great Blue Heron	0_0_2_0
Great Egret	9_9_10_3
Snowy Egret	2_0_3_1
Black-crowned Night-Heron	1_0_4_0
Killdeer	0_0_22_2
Semipalmated Plover	3_5_2_0
American Oystercatcher	0_0_3_0
Spotted Sandpiper	4_0_0_0
Ruddy Turnstone	0_5_0_0
Sanderling	0_28_3_5
Semipalmated Sandpiper	1_0_3_0
Laughing Gull	18_3_30_8
Laughing Gull Im	0_1_2_0
Ring-billed Gull Ad.	80_75_58_166
Ring-billed Gull Im.	6_2_1_6
Herring Gull Ad.   	56_49_73_42
Herring Gull Im.   	4_8_2_4
Great Black-backed Gull Ad.	8_4_8_5
Common Tern	30_34_4_4

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