[CT Birds] LI Sound 2/4, and Snowy Owl
mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Wed Feb 5 06:03:51 EST 2014
>From Frank Mantlik
2/4 Long Island Sound Bird Count by boat from Milford, CT to Smithtown Bay, NY and return through offshore Westport-Milford: Birds were scarce through much of the cruise, including long stretches of no birds mid-Sound. The highest concentrations of usual ducks and loons were around Charles Is., Milford (scaup, Long-tailed Duck, WW Scoters), off Bridgeport harbor (loons), and Stratford Point (scaup, scoters, loons). No alcids nor gannets were seen.
Those birders planning to bird from a CT-LI ferry will probably do better taking the New London boat vs. the Bridgeport one.
2/4 Stratford, Stratford Point: Large raft of 1300 GREATER SCAUP. Anthony Zemba informed me he recently saw a male REDHEAD in with the flock. I did not see it.
2/4 Milford Point, as scoped from Sniffens Lane, Stratford: SNOWY OWL sitting on snow-covered tern nesting bar. It looked right at home.
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