[CT Birds] Southport Survey 294
dennisvz at optonline.net
Wed Feb 22 14:28:43 EST 2012
Southport Survey # 294
22 Feb 2012
The tide was rising so that the rocks were exposed but the bar was
covered. There was a slight breeze resulting in only ripples water.
The sky was partly cloudy.
On the back side of the island was a mixed flock of the White-winged
Scoters and 18 Greater Scaup. I don’t recall ever seeing the two
species in such a mixed flock. Out across the Sound to the west were
Red-throated Loon, with a sprinkling of Horned Grebes about. Their
density increased closer to shore.
The Long-tailed Ducks were scattered about just off shore, showing a
lot of courship displaying even though they were all still in winter
plumage. The Goldeneye were just off the bluff between Pine Creek
Beach and Sasco Beach. The Brant were in one flock and were cruising
the shore from Pine Creek beach to Southport Beach.
The golf course ponds were open and contained some Mallards, 2 Swans
and 22 Red-breasted Mergansers. Talk about shooting fish in a barrel.
In Southport Harbor the flats were covered and the geese were
paddling about along with Baby Huey.
At Southport Beach, most of the puddle ducks were at the mouth of
Sasco Creek. Many of the wigeon were to the west around the bend from
the beach so the Eurasian wigeon could have been there. Another
oddity was a raft of about 100 Greater Scaup off the beach. I never
saw a raft in such a location.
DATE 01/28 02/07 02/12 2/22
Tide Low_ High Low_ High
Time 7:40 7:30 8:00 7:00
Snow Goose 1_1_1_1
Canada Goose 317_560_320_264
Mute Swan 9_7_17_14
American Wigeon 3_22_32_22
Eurasian Wigeon 0_0_1_0
American Black Duck 34_6_33_35
Greater Scaup 1_50_0_170
Lesser Scaup 1_0_0_0
White-winged Scoter 2_22_39_56
Surf Scoter 0_0_7_0
Long-tailed Duck 54_59_120_85
Common Goldeneye 44_92_4_42
Hooded Merganser 2_0_1_0
Red-breasted Merganser 66_16_24_38
Red-throated Loon 14_15_6_27
Common Loon 14_3_14_3
Horned Grebe 22_45_54_36
Great Blue Heron 1_1_1_0
Ring-billed Gull. 107_136_136_70
Herring Gull 236_66_262_115
Great Black-backed Gull 6_3_7_6
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