[CT Birds] Long Island Sound Bird Count 12/2 Addendum

kmueller at ntplx.net kmueller at ntplx.net
Tue Dec 3 20:46:03 EST 2013

Forgot to mention the "most-likely" Snowy Owl seen perched on the  
eastern-most boulder of Goose Rocks just west of Faulkner's Island  
seen from at least a mile south of Faulkner's at the extreme range of  
binoculars. Also 11 Great Cormorants- 10 perched on the rip-rap of  
Race Rock lighthouse, and 1 flying off Woodmont area.

> I was with Tom Robben yesterday for the first day of this Long  
> Island Sound seabird survey. The morning was overcast with hanging  
> fog with 1 mile visibility. Winds picked up later to northeast at 10  
> knots diminishing to calm by early afternoon with clear skies. We  
> traveled 78 sea miles starting in Old Lyme, then headed East from  
> the mouth of the CT River to Race Rock near Fisher's Island, turned  
> back west and headed along the mid-Sound along the CT/NY line to  
> Milford Harbor where part one terminated.
> Bird numbers were very sparse and frequency of sightings were slow.  
> The most numerous were Loons (mostly Common). Waterfowl included: 20  
> Surf Scoters, 1 Black Scoter, 7 White-winged Scoter, 9 Oldsquaw, 1  
> drake Common Eider (at Race Rock), 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 5  
> Common Goldeneye, 11 Bufflehead, 17 Black Ducks, 25 Mallards, 6  
> Greater Scaup. Gulls sighted around 100 split evenly between Herring  
> and Greater Black-backed with mostly adult cycles with fewer 1st and  
> 2nd cycle, and  3-3rd cycle Herring Gulls). 1 Bonaparte's Gull off  
> Old Lyme, and only a few Ring-billed Gulls near Milford shoreline. 1  
> adult Greater Black-backed Gull landed on the water off New Haven  
> for what appeared to be a deceased 1st year Gannet. We also noted 18  
> Gannets (mostly flying) and mostly adults- with 3-3rd year and 1  
> second year birds observed.
> Keith Mueller
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