[CT Birds] Southport Survey #241

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Fri Oct 8 16:16:33 EDT 2010

The tide was just past low and rising. Sunken Island was still mostly  
exposed. The water was calm with a strong north wind and a clear sky.  
The day had the feel of late fall as opposed to late summer. We  
shouldn’t expect to see large flocks of cormorants or laughing gulls  
anymore. The  egrets are starting to thin out as well. Off shore  
instead of flocks of cormorants there were 2 flocks of Canada Geese  
heading west. The main interest was the number of hawks. On Sunken  
Island there were 2 Peregrine Falcons taking a rest. The Osprey and  
most of the Harriers were well out in the sound close to the water  
heading west. The Kestrels were hugging the shore. The only shorebird  
was a high flying Greater Yellowlegs. The 4 Black Ducks were also on  
the fly by but to the east. It is hard to believe I saw more Harriers  
than Black Ducks. The rest of the survey was rather uneventful.

Dennis Varza

DATE	9/19	9/24	9/29	10/8
Tide	High	Low 	Low 	Low-R
Time	7:00	7:10	7:30	7:20

Canada Goose	41_0_0_63
Mute Swan	5_1_3_0
American Black Duck	0_2_0_4
Mallard	5_20_10_12
Double-crested Cormorant	41_37_74_53
Great Blue Heron	0_2_1_1
Great Egret	3_5_8_2
Snowy Egret	1_1_3_0
Killdeer	2_16_4_0
Semipalmated Plover	0_0_5_0
American Oystercatcher	0_6_1_0
Sanderling	5_8_3_0
Greater Yellowelgs	0_0_0_1
Laughing Gull	8_18_12_1
Laughing Gull Im	0_1_0_1
Ring-billed Gull Ad.	166_50_56_59
Ring-billed Gull Im.	6_1_2_4
Herring Gull Ad.   	42_65_84_95
Herring Gull Im.   	4_6_4_4
Great Black-backed Gull Ad.	5_7_11_6
Great Black-backed Gull Im.	0_1_0_0
Common Tern	4_16_0_0

Other Birds
Osprey	2
Northern Harrier	6
Peregrine Falcon	2
American Kestrel	2

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