[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 272

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Wed Sep 28 10:43:36 EDT 2011

Southport Survey # 272
28 Sep 2011

The tide was rising, and only the rock exposed. The wind was out of  
the east, and the water was calm close to shore and white caps in the  
distance, and the sky overcast.

Off shore there were a few Laughing Gulls and the Common Loon. In the  
rocks of sunken Island was the American Black Duck. The Sanderling  
were again at the Pine Creek Beach, but were moving around a lot.

At the golf course there is a grassy patch that is often flooded.  
Because of that the grass is taller there than the surrounding areas.  
It is located close to the harbor and best seen from Harbor Road (by  
the stop sign). In there, I had the Yellowlegs, the Teal and half of  
the Mallards.

At Southport Beach. the egrets were scattered about and more Mallards  
were at the mouth of Sasco Creek. There was a general increase in  
gull. The tower outside Southport Harbor which the Ospreys nest on is  
now tilting at about 25 degrees from vertical.

Dennis Varza

DATE	8/11	8/16	9/18	9/28
Tide	Rising	Low 	Falling	Rising
Time	6:45	7:15	7:05	7:30

Canada Goose	24_33_0_0
Mute Swan	2_2_2_5
American Black Duck	0_1_0_1
Mallard	24_24_4_37
Green-winged Teal	0_0_0_4
Common Loon	0_0_0_1
Double-crested Cormorant	30_33_22_38
Great Blue Heron 	2_4_1_0
Great Egret	17_17_10_6
Snowy Egret	1_8_4_2
Semipalmated Plover	0_13_0_0
Ruddy Turnstone 	3_0_0_0
Greater Yellowlegs	0_0_4_1
Sanderling	0_0_53_16
Semipalmated Sandpiper	0_2_16_0
Laughing Gull	6_19_18_19
Ring-billed Gull.	86_50_26_79
Herring Gull    	62_79_69_102
Great Black-backed Gull	4_12_6_13
Common Tern	14_1_6_0
Forster’s Tern	0_0_1_0

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