[CT Birds] Southport Survey 300 (at last)

lpflynn at optonline.net lpflynn at optonline.net
Thu Apr 12 19:28:39 EDT 2012


Congratulations Dennis! 
300 Southport Surveys, impressive!
Have you noticed any differences from the beginning of the surveys to now?
 
Larry Flynn
Norwalk

----- Original Message -----
From: Dennis Varza 
Date: Thursday, April 12, 2012 4:51 pm
Subject: [CT Birds] Southport Survey 300 (at last)
To: Posting Bird List 

> Southport Survey # 300
> 11 Apr 2012
> 
> The tide was midway falling with the rocks exposed.. The water 
> was 
> rippled, the sky cloudy.
> 
> Sunken Island was again covered in Herring Gulls. The calm water 
> 
> allowed for distant views. Way to the west were ducks at the 
> limit of 
> identification. Most were White-winged Scoters and many others 
> were 
> Long-tailed Ducks. Clusters of Horned Grebes, most in spring 
> plumage, 
> were scattered about. There was one lone male Greater Scaup just 
> 
> hanging out. Loons and Red-breasted Mergansers were scattered 
> about. 
> Also flying about were the Gannet and a few Bonaparte’s Gulls
> 
> The golf course ponds and lawns were empty. From Sasco Beach to 
> Southport Beach the Brant were scattered. There were only a few 
> Ring- 
> billed gulls mainly hanging out close to the parking lots 
> looking for 
> handouts. The Ospreys have returned and remarkably have been 
> building 
> a nest on the leaning tower!
> 
> Southport Harbor had a few Mallards, Canada Geese, and on the 
> flats 
> the Yellowlegs and Great Egrets. At Southport Beach. there was a 
> 
> small gathering of Bonaparte’s Gulls. But, the migrant ducks 
> were gone.
> 
> 
> Dennis Varza
> Fairfield
> 
> DATE 3/04 3/12 3/24 4/11
> Tide High Low_ Low_ Low_
> Time 7:30 8:00 8:00 7:35
> 
> Brant 118_236_125_142
> Canada Goose 116_42_3_4
> Mute Swan 9_7_11_8
> American Wigeon 2_40_36_0
> Eurasian Wigeon 0_1_1_0
> Gadwall 0_24_6_0
> American Black Duck 20_10_18_2
> Mallard 22_36_24_12
> Green-winged Teal 0_0_14_0
> Greater Scaup 124_85_0_1
> Lesser Scaup 1_1_0_0
> White-winged Scoter 122_35_17_56
> Surf Scoter 2_0_0_0
> Long-tailed Duck 44_54_37_68
> Common Goldeneye 38_6_0_0
> Bufflehead 18_8_0_0
> Red-breasted Merganser 48_44_14_22
> Red-throated Loon 15_7_1_8
> Common Loon 10_2_2_9
> Horned Grebe 32_23_12_60
> Northern Gannet 0_0_3_4
> Great Cormorant 0_1_9_0
> Double-crested Cormorant 0_1_1_5
> Great Egret 0_0_0_4
> Bonaparte’s Gull 0_0_1_34
> Ring-billed Gull. 94_319_6_11
> Herring Gull 98_280_116_180
> Great Black-backed Gull 6_10_10_23
> Barnacle Gull 0_0_2000_0
> 
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