[CT Birds] Northern Shoveler

charles barnard jr chbarnjr at gmail.com
Sun Jan 13 07:05:59 EST 2013

Saturday morning there was a drake Northern Shoveler (a bird which was
still transitioning from basic to alternate plumage) on Bulkley's Pond,
which is located on the North side of US 1 on the town line between the
Southport section of Fairfield and the Greens Farms section of Westport.
Parking there is difficult. It may be a good idea to park across the Post
Road (US 1) in the Walgreen's parking lot and then make your way across the
busy road to view from a spot next to the dam at the southern end of
Bulkley's Pond. Just don't get run over in the process.

 A scope would be a good idea, because the bird was far up at the northern
end of the pond. There were also about 80 Mallards. a BlackXMallard hybrid
and a few Hooded Mergansers.

BTW, this location would be a great spot for a fish ladder to be built,
because in spring there are always a large number of anadromous fish (I
think that they are Blue-backed Herring, but I am not sure ) coming up
Sasco Brook to spawn, but they can't make it over the dam.

Charlie Barnard Jr.

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