[CT Birds] 12/9 Long Is. Sound Bird Count results
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Mon Dec 9 22:52:07 EST 2013
12/9 - I conducted a LIS BirdCount boat cruise from Milford, CT to waters off Bridgeport, Norwalk, then SW off NY (Fort Salonga/Northport and east to off Smithtown Bay), then north and northwest (off West Haven) and return to Milford. Freezing rain last night. Cloudy/overcast all day, but little/no precipitation. 32-38F., Wind NE at 13-15 mph, eventually shifting from W about 3:30pm. Visibility initially 0.5 mile, gradually improving to 3-5 miles. Darkness by 4:40 pm; Back in 5:55pm.
Highlights were: 15 Surf Scoters (CT), 27 White-winged Scoters (NY), 5 Northern Gannets (all in NY), 1 Bonaparte's Gull (NY).
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