[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 292

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sat Jan 28 11:54:45 EST 2012

Southport Survey # 292
28 Jan 2012

The tide was low, sunken island and bar was exposed. There was a  
slight breeze resulting in only ripples water. The sky was partly  
cloudy, but the air was clear. This was one of the few times I could  
make out the Empire State Building (60 mi. away).

The Island was covered in Herring Gulls with a few Black Ducks and  
some Brant at the edges. And, one lone Greater Scaup! Usually the  
scaup are fly-bys. The two White-winged Scoters were the fly- 
bys.Further off shore were scattered loons and Horned Grebes. The  
Long-tailed Ducks were in small groups.

The golf course ponds were open and contained the 2 swans a couple of  
Mallards the wigeon and a Lesser Scaup, The scaup is only the second  
record for the survey (30 Jan 2007, 2 birds). While most of the  
Herring Gulls were out on the island and amongst the rocks, most of  
the Ring-billed Gulls at Sasco Beach were pacing the edge of the mud  
flats.Southport Harbor was open, the Canada geese were back along  
with Baby Huey. The Bufflehead in addition to being in the harbor,  
spilled out into the bay. The Mallards were scattered about equally  
in the Harbor and Southport Beach.

At Southport Beach, there is still a flock of Red-breasted Mergansers  
cruising for food and courting. On the west side between the leaning  
tower and the shore were the Common Goldeneye. The swans returned,  
but the ducks were scattered aboutand most of the ducks were absent  
from the mouth of Sasco Creek.

In addition to the return of the Great Black-backed gulls, they gave  
the impression of being paired. One pair was standing together, and  
while the larger one stood guard the smaller one was pecking at a  
flounder. Another sign of spring was a group of 10 robins walking  
about on a lawn.

Dennis Varza

DATE	01/10	01/14	01/24	01/28
Tide	High	Low_	High	Low_
Time	7:50	7:50	8:15	7:40

Snow Goose	2_0_0_1
Brant	3_0_58_85
Canada Goose	28_325_140_317
Mute Swan	15_11_3_9
American Wigeon	0_0_0_3
American Black Duck	22_35_7_34
Mallard	58_35_16_44
Greater Scaup	0_0_14_1
Lesser Scaup	0_0_0_1
White-winged Scoter	2_27_0_2
Long-tailed Duck	18_30_16_54
Common Goldeneye	0_88_15_44
Bufflehead	18_28_25_32
Hooded Merganser	29_24_10_2
Common Merganser	3_0_0_0
Red-breasted Merganser	14_12_64_66
Red-throated Loon	1_2_10_14
Common Loon	1_2_4_14
Horned Grebe	0_2_11_22
Northern Gannet	0_0_1_0
Great Cormorant	1_0_0_0
Great Blue Heron	0_0_0_1
Ring-billed Gull.	65_137_120_107
Herring Gull    	69_123_74_236
Great Black-backed Gull	3_2_1_6

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