[CT Birds] Milford, Gulf Pond and west

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Tue Mar 6 21:15:47 EST 2012

Hi Dennis,
A Bald Eagle is about the only regular raptor that will flush a flock of gulls, 
usually.  I've seen it happen many times (in CT, MA, ME, etc.), whereas a 
Peregrine puts up a gull flock only occasionally.

I saw no large numbers of gulls off the Stratford coast this afternoon.

Frank Mantlik

From: Dennis Varza <dennisvz at optonline.net>
To: Posting Bird List <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Tue, March 6, 2012 9:00:40 PM
Subject: [CT Birds] Milford, Gulf Pond and west

Hi folks

Just poking around from Gulf Pond to Oyster River in the morning. Only several 
of points of interest.

At Gulf Pond there was a cluster of gulls resting on the marsh at the edge of 
the water. After scanning for ducks I was going to concentrate on count the 
gulls. After just starting, they all scattered. I looked around to see if 
someone was feeding them, but nope. I finally noticed a near adult Bald Eagle 
overhead. I never expected gulls to be spooked by a Bald Eagle!

There was one adult Gannet off Gulf Beach between shore and Charles Island.

There were not drifts of gulls or rafts of Scaup off Morningside.

At Merwin Pt. there is a rocky outcropping to the west that almost always has 
cormorants on it. There were 2 cormorants today.  However, they were both 
Double-crested Cormorants!

Just to be different, here is something you don't see everyday, the count of the 

Gulf Pond and Beach 151 Ring-billed Gull    39 Herring Gull    1 Great 
Black-backed Gull
Shore between Gulf Beach and Merwin Pt.    81 Ring-billed Gull    26 Herring 
Gull    1 Great Black-backed Gull
Merwin Pt. to Oyster River 130 Ring-billed Gull, 72 Herring Gull, 1 Great Black 
Backed Gull

Notice there are a lot more Ring-billed Gulls than Herring Gull. That is typical 
for this end of the sound. At Hammonasset and West Herring Gulls dominate.

Dennis Varza

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