[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 284

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
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.

Dennis Varza

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
Mallard	6_10_8_13
White-winged Scoter	9_19_18_34
Common Goldeneye	0_0_3_5
Bufflehead	5_10_8_18
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
Dunlin  	0_59_4_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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