[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 277

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Mon Oct 31 14:45:34 EDT 2011

Southport Survey # 277
31 Oct 2011

The tide was near low, Only the rocks of Sunken Island were exposed.  
The water was calm with a mist due to cold air over warm water.

Around Sunken Island there were some Black Ducks and the Red-breasted  
Merganser. On the island sat the Laughing Gulls and the Ruddy  
Turnstones. Eventually the Forster’s Terns came flying by.

Only the main pond in the golf course was free of ice and contained  
some Mallards and the Hooded Mergansers. The Canada Geese were up on  
the lawn. In Southport Harbor were the Killdeer and herons. and 2  
Pied-billed Grebe. This is the first time for two birds.

At Southport Beach the tide was completely low and had the plovers,  
Sanderling and Dunlin. The “Leaning Tower” seems to be leaning a  
little more, closer to 45°, and the Great Cormorant was not to be  
seen. The gulls were scattered on the flats looking for food.

Dennis Varza

DATE	10/05	10/17	10/20	10/31
Tide	High	Low 	High	Low
Time	7:35	8:00	7:40	7:45

Brant	1_0_49_0
Canada Goose	26_6_10_108
Mute Swan	2_0_0_4
American Black Duck	0_13_0_8
Mallard	20_6_12_21
Common Loon	2_2_1_2
Red-throated Loon	0_0_0_2
Pied-billed Grebe	1_1_0_2
Double-crested Cormorant	38_43_70_23
Great Cormorant	0_1_1_0
Great Blue Heron	2_1_0_2
Great Egret	4_3_0_1
Snowy Egret	2_3_2_0
Black-bellied Plover	0_0_0_3
Killdeer	0_12_10_16
Ruddy Turnstone	2_0_0_2
Sanderling	0_35_8_13
Dunlin	0_0_0_3
Laughing Gull	7_8_13_2
Ring-billed Gull.	108_76_196_63
Herring Gull    	41_62_67_132
Great Black-backed Gull	4_6_12_7
Forster’s Tern	0_0_0_26

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