[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 282

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Thu Dec 1 12:37:36 EST 2011

Southport Survey # 282
1 Dec 2011

Again, I tried to run this survey the past couple of days and was  
stopped by the the west winds making white-caps. I avoid strong waves  
because it reduces visibility of birds on the water and reduces the  
number of birds in general.

The tide was approaching low at start with only the rocks of Sunken  
Island exposed, but was at full low tide by the end. The sky was clear.

The Scoters and some of the Red-breasted Merganser off shore were at  
the south end of Sunken Island. There was a fair amount fishing  
activity with a dozen or more gulls taking up diving for fish. The  
loons were scattered about.

The golf course was uneventful, the main pond contained the Hooded  
Mergansers. At Sasco Beach the one jetty had the Turnstones on the  
end. The harbor had the mud flats exposed and produced the Dunlin and  
Black-bellied Plovers. The Pied-billed Grebes were there in the  
shallows. Further down stream in the deeper section were the Bufflehead.

At Southport Beach the Black Ducks were feeding at the mouth of Sasco  
Creek, while the Great Cormorants continued on the leaning tower.  
Most of the Mute Swans were gone. I observed a lot of the Herring  
Gulls feeding on crabs. The Ring-billed Gulls were feeding on small  
things in the shallows. I wonder if the wind produced enough waves to  
stir up the bottom making food available.

I noticed a lot of hawk movement at the end of the survey. I had 4  
Red-tailed Hawks and a Turkey Vulture at Southport Beach, and another  
3 Turkey Vultures and 2 more hawks on the way home.

Dennis Varza

DATE	11/6	11/14	11/22	12/01
Tide	High	Low_	High	Low_
Time	6:50	7:05	7:45	8:00

Brant	6_4_0_0
Canada Goose	62_20_103_186
Mute Swan	9_8_9_4
American Black Duck	0_15_4_13
Mallard	12_8_6_10
Greater Scaup	8_0_0_0
Bufflehead	7_0_5_10
White-winged Scoter	0_2_9_19
Surf Scoter	0_2_0_0
Black Scoter	1_8_0_0
Long-tailed Duck	2_0_12_10
Hooded Merganser	0_15_0_8
Red-breasted Merganser	6_12_32_19
Common Loon	12_5_19_4
Red-throated Loon	0_0_26_7
Pied-billed Grebe	0_0_0_2
Horned Grebe	0_0_0_3
Double-crested Cormorant	22_13_43_3
Great Cormorant	1_1_3_3
Northern Gannet	0_0_0_1
Great Blue Heron	1_0_0_0
Black-bellied Plover	9_13_24_8
Ruddy Turnstone	0_0_6_14
Western Sandpiper	0_0_1_0
Dunlin  	1_0_0_59
Laughing Gull	1_0_0_0
Ring-billed Gull.	73_95_102_90
Herring Gull    	28_88_29_67
Great Black-backed Gull	4_6_2_2
Forster’s Tern	22_1_0_0

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