[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 277

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Thu Oct 20 12:49:23 EDT 2011

Southport Survey # 277
20 Oct 2011

The tide was high, Sunken Island was covered. The water had white  
caps. The sky was cloudy with a wind out of the west.

Off shore had the occasional group of Brant on the fly by. Also,  
there was group of  50 cormorants heading west out of town.

The golf course continues to surprise. In the main pond were 3 Horned  
Grebe. These are the earliest I ever had them on the survey, and  
considering the odd location, I gave them a thorough going over but  
no changes. On the lawn was a big group of gulls getting out of the  
wind, along with the Killdeer. Also around were a Turkey Vulture, a  
Cooper’s Hawk, and a Red-tailed Hawk.

At Southport Beach all the birds were at the mouth of the creek.  
including the egrets, Laughing Gulls, and the few ducks. The geese  
were north of the road also trying to keep low. The Great Cormorant  
continues on the leaning tower. This time there was a lot of tail  
action for it trying to keep its balance in the wind. There was also  
an increase in Ring-billed Gulls which included the missing immature  

Dennis Varza

DATE	10/02	10/05	10/17	10/20
Tide	Low 	High	Low 	High
Time	8:20	7:35	8:00	7:40

Brant	0_1_0_49
Canada Goose	0_26_6_10
Mute Swan	4_2_0_0
American Black Duck	0_0_13_0
Mallard	26_20_6_12
Common Loon	0_2_2_1
Pied-billed Grebe	0_1_1_0
Double-crested Cormorant	34_38_43_70
Great Cormorant	0_0_1_1
Great Blue Heron	2_2_1_0
Great Egret	4_4_3_0
Snowy Egret	3_2_3_2
Killdeer	_10_0_12_10
Ruddy Turnstone	0_2_0_0
Greater Yellowlegs	1_0_0_0
Sanderling	16_0_35_8
Semipalmated Sandpiper	20_0_0_0
Laughing Gull	26_7_8_13
Ring-billed Gull.	45_108_76_196
Herring Gull    	109_41_62_67
Great Black-backed Gull	3_4_6_12

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