[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 293

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Tue Feb 7 10:49:11 EST 2012

Southport Survey # 293
7 Feb 2012

The tide was half risen and everything was covered. There was a  
slight breeze resulting in only ripples water. The sky was clear.

The White-winged Scoters were in their regular location while in the  
distance were flying Long-tailed Ducks, Red-throated Loons and half  
of the scaup. Closer to shore were many Horned Grebe. and more Red- 
throated Loons.

The golf course ponds were open and contained 2 swans a couple of  
Mallards and the Gadwall. At Sasco Beach the Brant cruising the shore  
while the Ring-billed gulls were eyeing every car and a potential  
food source. Across the bay at the Westport Bluff was the flock of  
Common Goleneye and some more scaup.

In Southport Harbor were most of the Canada Geese. I wasn’t expecting  
so many gees with such warm weather. Baby Huey there as well. There  
were no Hooded Mergansers but the Bufflehead and the Great Blue Heron  

At Southport Beach, in particular and The area in general there was a  
decline in Red-breasted Mergansers. On the west side between the  
leaning tower and the shore were more geese and the American Wigeon.  
These birds were to be expected, but not so early.

Dennis Varza

DATE	01/14	01/24	01/28	02/07
Tide	Low_	High	Low_	High
Time	7:50	8:15	7:40	7:30

Snow Goose	0_0_1_1
Brant	0_58_85_56
Canada Goose	325_140_317_560
Mute Swan	11_3_9_7
American Wigeon	0_0_3_22
Gadwall	0_ 0_ 0_12
American Black Duck	35_7_34_6
Mallard	35_16_44_28
Greater Scaup	0_14_1_50
Lesser Scaup	0_0_1_0
White-winged Scoter	27_0_2_22
Long-tailed Duck	30_16_54_59
Common Goldeneye	88_15_44_92
Bufflehead	28_25_32_26
Hooded Merganser	24_10_2_0
Red-breasted Merganser	12_64_66_16
Red-throated Loon	2_10_14_15
Common Loon	2_4_14_3
Horned Grebe	2_11_22_45
Northern Gannet	0_1_0_0
Great Blue Heron	0_0_1_1
Ring-billed Gull.	137_120_107_136
Herring Gull    	123_74_236_66
Great Black-backed Gull	2_1_6_3

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