[CT Birds] Long Island Sound Gannets, Loons, Gulls 12/1

Thomas Robben robben99 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 1 17:45:14 EST 2017

Great information Frank,
for a very interesting marine area which does not get frequent coverage.
Will look for your eBird report next week.
Tom Robben

On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 5:03 PM, Frank Mantlik <mantlik at sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> 12/1   I conducted a bird survey today on Long Island Sound by boat in CT
> waters between West Haven and Bridgeport. There continue to be some
> gatherings of large flocks of gulls, Gannets, and loons 1-3 miles offshore
> from Milford and Stratford. I presume there is still large schools of fish
> prey that are attracting these feeding frenzies. There were very few birds
> in mid-Sound (water depths of 70-100 feet).
> Highlights today included: 25 NORTHERN GANNETS, 76 RED-THROATED LOONS, 8
> COMMON LOONS, and 7 (late) LAUGHING GULLS. There were also fairly low
> numbers of expected duck species, and no alcids were seen.
> New York waters were also surveyed off Smithtown and Brookhaven. Less
> species diversity, and lower numbers were recorded there.
> Frank Mantlik
> Stratford, CT
> Sent from my iPad

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