[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 296

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Mon Feb 27 06:35:25 EST 2012

Southport Survey # 296
26 Feb 2012

The tide was still falling even though the flats around Sunken Island  
were well exposed. It created a large area of calm water as opposed  
to the white caps off shore. The sky was clear with a Northwest wind.

Because of the white caps there was little off shore. Mainly fly-bys  
of the loons and scoters. Around the island there was the Gulls,  
Scaup and Common Goldeneye. Closer to shore was the odd Long-tailed  
Duck and Horned Grebe.

The golf course ponds contained some Mallards, 2 Swans, 15 Gadwall  
and 4 Red-breasted Mergansers. In Southport Harbor the flats exposed  
with many geese but not the flock of Baby Huey. The Bufflehead were  
way down by the town marina.

Most of the puddle ducks normally at the mouth of Sasco Creek were  
around the bend to the west of there. They could only be seen from  
Sasco Breach which is a long scope.of about 1.3 miles. Also at Sasco  
Beach and Southport Beach were people with unleashed dogs. They kept  
the gulls alert and a challenge for me to count.

Dennis Varza

DATE	02/07	02/12	02/22	02/26
Tide	High	Low_	High	Low_
Time	7:30	8:00	7:00	7:20

Snow Goose	1_1_1_0
Brant	56_42_70_92
Canada Goose	560_320_264_160
Mute Swan	7_17_14_15
American Wigeon	22_32_22_30
Eurasian Wigeon	0_1_0_1
Gadwall	12_5_4_15
American Black Duck	6_33_35_20
Mallard	28_22_90_42
Greater Scaup	50_0_170_45
White-winged Scoter	22_39_56_12
Surf Scoter	0_7_0_0
Long-tailed Duck	59_120_85_5
Common Goldeneye	92_4_42_6
Bufflehead	26_14_18_18
Hooded Merganser	0_1_0_0
Red-breasted Merganser	16_24_38_24
Red-throated Loon	15_6_27_4
Common Loon	3_14_3_1
Horned Grebe	45_54_36_1
Great Cormorant	0_0_0_1
Great Blue Heron	1_1_0_0
Ring-billed Gull.	136_136_70_65
Herring Gull    	66_262_115_297
Great Black-backed Gull	3_7_6_12

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