[CT Birds] Sunday, the Norwalk Islands
dennisvz at optonline.net
Mon Mar 12 06:36:39 EDT 2012
Larry Flynn and I took a quick trip to the islands looking for
Barnacle Gulls. The wind was strong out of the southwest (15 mph) and
not favorable for the mission, but it was the day we had available.
There were a lot of white caps out there so we stayed close to the
islands and didn't get to the deep water where most of the scoters
have been staying.
We did get to see some gulls feeding on barnacle larvae. They were
off Saugatuck Shores Westport with the wind and wave pushing the
plume to the east at the mouth of the Saugatuck River. We were in the
area around 1:30 and the flock was still growing.
We estimated about 700 birds, half and half Ring-billed and
Herrings. The Ring-billed Gulls were from the mainland while the
Herring Gulls were flying in from the islands as we watched. We tried
to get some video but the water was too rough to hold the camera steady.
Norwalk, Norwalk Islands, 11:15 to 2:00 with Larry Flynn.
Travel was mostly close to the inner islands due the west winds.
Canada Goose 4
American Wigeon 12
American Black Duck 200
Lesser Scaup 2
Greater Scaup 800
Long-tailed Duck 250
White-winged Scoter 3 We were unable to go out to the deep water
where the scoters have been staying this winter
Common Goldeneye 72
Red-breasted Merganser 32
Osprey 1 The bird was two weeks ahead of the expected date
Red-throated Loon 2
Horned Grebe 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
American Coot 1
American Oystercatcher 1 The bird was two weeks ahead of the expected
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 750
Great Black-backed Gull 80
Fish Crow 15
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