[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 283

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sun Dec 4 11:55:20 EST 2011

Southport Survey # 283
4 Dec 2011

The tide was high, the water rippled. The sky was overcast with no  
wind. It was near perfect for observations.

Again the scoters and some of the Red-breasted Merganser were over  
the area of the sunken Island. I had to look closely to pick out the  
Surf Scoters. The loons were scattered about,with many way off  
unidentified and uncounted flying by. One common was even calling. I  
had a duet of a Common Loon and a Ring-necked Pheasant for a while.  
Long-tailed Ducks were flying about and making noise as well.

The golf course had a flock of Canada Gees and one runty pale  
individual. During the winter of 06-07 there were 7 Snow Geese that  
spent the entire winter. The ponds had the Hooded Mergansers and the  
lawn the remaining Black-bellied Plovers. At Sasco Beach the one  
jetty still had the Turnstones, joined by some Dunlin. The harbor  
continued to have the Bufflehead and will be present all winter.

The shore from Sasco Beach to the Westport side forms a shallow bay.  
Today there was a flock of 30 Red-breasted Mergansers working the  
whole area, feasting on fish (I assume Herring for talking to Larry  
Flynn). Also present were several loons of both species. At Southport  
Beach the Black Ducks in increasing number were feeding at the mouth  
of Sasco Creek. The Great Cormorants continued to stand guard on the  
leaning tower with only one Double-crested associate relegated to the  
rocks of the base. Overall there was a great increase in Great Black- 
backed Gulls. but the rest were unremarkable except for the lack of  
first winter birds.

Just as I was getting ready to leave, a first winter Bald Eagle flew  

Dennis Varza

DATE	11/14	11/22	12/01	12/4
Tide	Low_	High	Low_	High
Time	7:05	7:45	8:00	7:50

Snow Goose	0_0_0_1
Brant	4_0_0_0
Canada Goose	20_103_186_93
Mute Swan	8_9_4_6
American Black Duck	15_4_13_26
Mallard	8_6_10_8
Bufflehead	0_5_10_8
White-winged Scoter	2_9_19_18
Surf Scoter	2_0_0_3
Black Scoter	8_0_0_0
Long-tailed Duck	0_12_10_40
Hooded Merganser	15_0_8_4
Red-breasted Merganser	12_32_19_50
Red-throated Loon	0_26_7_9
Common Loon	5_19_4_12
Pied-billed Grebe	0_0_2_0
Horned Grebe	0_0_3_1
Double-crested Cormorant	13_43_3_1
Great Cormorant	1_3_3_3
Northern Gannet	0_0_1_0
Black-bellied Plover	13_24_8_3
Ruddy Turnstone	0_6_14_6
Western Sandpiper	0_1_0_0
Dunlin  	0_0_59_4
Ring-billed Gull.	95_102_90_69
Herring Gull    	88_29_67_66
Great Black-backed Gull	6_2_2_9
Forster’s Tern	1_0_0_0

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