[CT Birds] Coventry Lake, 12-17-14

Mntncougar at aol.com Mntncougar at aol.com
Thu Dec 18 07:55:22 EST 2014

I did a 360* around Coventry Lake between about 12:15 and  2:30. I stopped 
at 7 locations, 3 of them twice, and I can see just about every  nook and 
cranny of the lake from the combination. 
American  Coot                 8
Ruddy  Duck                   56+
Bufflehead                8
Mallard                          4
Common Merganser  116 - Best count - lowest was 97. Since  they dive 
                                                   an  exact count is 
almost impossible
I saw NO Hooded Mergs, although there have been a few (6 or  less) around 
in recent weeks.
The C Mergansers started out in large groups but split up while  I was 
there into groups of 5 - 20. The wind was from the northwest, which is  right 
down the length of the lake. They would fly to the northwest end  and some 
would drift almost to the southeast end before doing it over  again. Other 
groups went about half way and paddled back. The Ruddys were all in  the 
northeast cove, most off the town beach on Rt 31.
Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct 
mntncougar at aol.com 

Don Morgan, Coventry, Ct  
mntncougar at aol.com

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