[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 284
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Sat Dec 10 11:14:29 EST 2011
Southport Survey # 284
10 Dec 2011
The tide was high, the water rippled. The sky was cloudy with no wind..
When I first looked out at Sunken Island, I thought the rocks were
just exposed. When I put the scope up it turned out to be a cluster
of Scoters. I have not seen so many birds in a long time, and not in
that location. Working the edge of the flock were the few Red-
breasted Mergansers. The loons were scattered about,with many of the
Red throated Loons flying by. The Long-tailed Ducks were flying
about but not as common as last week. as were the Goldeneye.
Baby Huey the Snow Goose and friends were at the golf course again.
The ponds had the Hooded Mergansers and the Pied-billed Grebe. The
Black-bellied Plovers. and other shorebirds were gone. The harbor
continued to have the Bufflehead and were joined by 2 Great Blue
Herons. It appears the Double-crested Cormorants are finally gone.
At Southport Beach there were few birds and nothing to comment on.
The Great Cormorants continued on the leaning tower.
DATE 11/22 12/01 12/4 12/10
Tide High Low_ High High
Time 7:45 8:00 7:50 7:40
Snow Goose 0_0_1_1
Canada Goose 103_186_93_97
Mute Swan 9_4_6_6
American Black Duck 4_13_26_9
White-winged Scoter 9_19_18_34
Common Goldeneye 0_0_3_5
Surf Scoter 0_0_3_5
Long-tailed Duck 12_10_40_8
Hooded Merganser 0_8_4_2
Red-breasted Merganser 32_19_50_10
Red-throated Loon 26_7_9_12
Common Loon 19_4_12_8
Pied-billed Grebe 0_2_0_1
Horned Grebe 0_3_1_8
Double-crested Cormorant 43_3_1_0
Great Cormorant 3_3_3_3
Northern Gannet 0_1_0_0
Black-bellied Plover 24_8_3_0
Ruddy Turnstone 6_14_6_0
Western Sandpiper 1_0_0_0
Ring-billed Gull. 102_90_69_148
Herring Gull 29_67_66_028
Great Black-backed Gull 2_2_9_3
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