[CT Birds] HOORAY!
dennisvz at optonline.net
Thu Aug 11 20:46:16 EDT 2011
THE TIME HAS COME!
The Super Fantabulous, Magnificent, nobody’s talking about or
noticed, Southport Survey is back!
Today I did Southport Survey #269
At 6:45 the tide was rising. The major rocks of Sunken Island were
exposed. The water was calm. The sky was clear with no breeze.
Off shore the only birds on the water was the occasional Cormorant.
The terns were all fly-by. Only the larger rocks of the island were
exposed and had the Turnstones and a few Common Terns.Southport
Harbor had 2 Great Blue Herons each on their own Yacht. Mallards were
The beaches had plenty of gulls and interestingly most were Ring-
billed gulls, including one bird of the year. Fresh Immature Gulls
are most atractive, in a subtle way like female ducks. Southport
Beach had most of the Great Egrets hanging around the base of the
Jetty. It is impressive how tame they have become over the years.
Since I don’t have recent data for comparison, I will make a
comparison with the past
I have 13 days of Observation for August. and 29 species reported
Below is the number observed, Average number seen in the month ( )
for 100% frequency or % of the time seen
Canada Goose 24—(52)
Mute Swan 2—(3.3)
Double-crested Cormorant 30—(34)
Great Blue Heron 2—61%
Great Egret 17—(9.8)
Snowy Egret 1—(5.5)
Ruddy Turnstone 3—31%
Laughing Gull 6—(24)
Ring-billed Gull 85 plus 1 im—(64)
Herring Gull 53 plus 9 im—(63)
Great Black-backed Gull 4—(9.1)
Common Tern 14—(55)
Other Species seen in the past
and the number of days observed.
American Black Duck 6
Green-winged Teal 2
Hooded Merganser 1
Common Loon 1
Green Heron 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 7
Black-bellied Plover 2
Semipalmated Plover 6
American Oystercatcher 4
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper 9
Least Sandpiper 1
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