[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 291

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Tue Jan 24 12:23:54 EST 2012

Southport Survey # 291
24 Jan 2012

The tide was rising, sunken island was covered. There was a west  
breeze which produced calm water. The sky was partly cloudy.

There where no White-winged Scoters, just a small group of Common  
Goldeneyes. Long-tailed Ducks were flying west in the distance.  
Closer towards shore the Loons and Grebes were scattered about. There  
were likely more birds out there but all I could see were white speck  
in the distance. The Scaup were a flock flying east. The only Great  
Black backed Gull was the standard one on the red hazard buoy that  
marks Sunken Island.

The golf course ponds were open but only contained the 3 swans and a  
couple of Mallards. Most of the Brant were at Sasco Beach with others  
flying by to the east. Southport Harbor was open, that was where the  
Bufflehead and Hooded Mergansers were. The Canada Geese were fly-by’s  
over the area.

At Southport Beach, a flock of 40 Red-breasted Mergansers were  
cruising for food and courting. The swans and most of the ducks were  
absent from the mouth of Sasco Creek.

Dennis Varza

DATE	01/5	01/10	01/14	01/24
Tide	High	High	Low_	High
Time	7:55	7:50	7:50	8:15

Snow Goose	0_2_0_0
Brant	0_3_0_58
Canada Goose	490_28_325_140
Mute Swan	11_15_11_3
American Black Duck	16_22_35_7
Mallard	68_58_35_16
White-winged Scoter	15_2_27_0
Common Goldeneye	4_0_88_15
Bufflehead	22_18_28_25
Long-tailed Duck	8_18_30_16
Hooded Merganser	15_29_24_10
Common Merganser	0_3_0_0
Red-breasted Merganser	26_14_12_64
Red-throated Loon	3_1_2_10
Common Loon	2_1_2_4
Horned Grebe	3_0_2_11
Northern Gannet	0_0_0_1
Great Cormorant	0_1_0_0
Ring-billed Gull.	109_65_137_120
Herring Gull    	98_69_123_74
Great Black-backed Gull	1_3_2_1

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