[CT Birds] Southport Survey # 297

Dennis Varza dennisvz at optonline.net
Sun Mar 4 11:57:43 EST 2012

Southport Survey # 297
4 Mar 2012

The tide was high and the water calm. The sky was overcast but clear,  
I could see the Empire State Building unaided once I picked it out in  
my scope. I could watch people walking dogs on Compo Beach. One would  
think one could see distances best on clear sunny days, but that is  
not true. When the weather is sunnier and warmer heat wave start to  
occur and the humidity causes a haze.

In the area of were Sunken Island would be there was again a mixed  
raft of White-Winged Scoters and Greater Scaup. The Surf Scoters were  
flying west. In the area just off shore were most of the birds. Long- 
tailed Ducks, Loons, Grebes and the Gannet.

The golf course ponds again contained 18 Red-breasted Mergansers and  
this time 1 each Greater and Lesser Scaup. Also an immature Double- 
crested Cormorant was there. On the lawns were most of the Geese.  
Southport Harbor was empty except for the Bufflehead and 3 Red- 
throated Loons. It appears Baby Huey and friends have moved over to  
Sherwood island. Other geese have started inland.

It looks like most of the puddle ducks have started moving on, no  
Gadwall, only 2 wigeon, reduced number of Mallards. The Common  
Goldeneye were again around the bend to the west of Southport Beach.

Dennis Varza

DATE	02/12	2/22	2/26	3/4
Tide	Low_	High	Low_	High
Time	8:00	7:00	7:20	7:30

Snow Goose	1_1_0_0
Brant	42_70_92_118
Canada Goose	320_264_160_116
Mute Swan	17_14_15_9
American Wigeon	32_22_30_2
Eurasian Wigeon	1_0_1_0
Gadwall	5_4_15_0
American Black Duck	33_35_20_20
Mallard	22_90_42_22
Greater Scaup	0_170_45_124
Lesser Scaup	0_0_0_1
White-winged Scoter	39_56_12_122
Surf Scoter	7_0_0_2
Long-tailed Duck	120_85_5_44
Common Goldeneye	4_42_6_38
Bufflehead	14_18_18_18
Hooded Merganser	1_0_0_0
Red-breasted Merganser	24_38_24_48
Red-throated Loon	6_27_4_15
Common Loon	14_3_1_10
Horned Grebe	54_36_1_32
Great Cormorant	0_0_1_0
Double-crested Cormorant	0_0_0_1
Great Blue Heron	1_0_0_0
Ring-billed Gull.	136_70_65_94
Herring Gull    	262_115_297_98
Great Black-backed Gull	7_6_12_6

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