This time I just surveyed Ash Creek, as I have a stronger interest in it than my other sites. Highlights included a female Redhead and returning Red-breasted Mergansers and Buffleheads. Waterfowl numbers were very impressive. This was my CTBirds report:
11/21/09-Partly Cloudy 10:35-10:50 Ash Creek, Creek Section from Riverside Drive and Gilman Street 3 Canada Geese 2 Mallard 21 American Black Duck 16 American Wigeon 1 female REDHEAD 10 Hooded Merganser 4 female Red-breasted Merganser (no males) 7 Ring-billed Gull 3 Herring Gull 1 Belted Kingfisher 14 flyover Monk Parakeet 10:50-11:00 Ash Creek, back of the estuary, viewed from Fairfield Avenue 5 Hooded Merganser (different individuals) 8 American Black Ducks 11 Ring-billed Gulls 10 Herring Gulls 11:05-11:15 Lower Ash Creek as viewed from Gilman Street 1 Red-breasted Merganser 12 Bufflehead 1 Belted Kingfisher 1 Ring-billed Gull 1 flyover American Goldfinch 11:20-11:55 St. Mary's By the Sea 15 Herring Gull 13 Ring-billed Gull 3 Red-breasted Merganser 3 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Common Loon 12:00-12:30 Ash Creek Open Space 3 Canada Goose 2 Mallard 31 American Black Duck 2 Greater Yellowlegs 1 Northern Flicker 1 Northern Mockingbird 2 Black-capped Chickadee 2 Swamp Sparrow 5 Song Sparrow 4 Dark-eyed Junco 1 American Goldfinch The first 4 locations were definitely of waterfowl and gulls, with anything else noted. The last, Ash Creek Open Space was more of landbirds. The waters off Ash Creek Open Space are "Lower Ash Creek." The waterbirds noted at Ash Creek were of the birds in the marsh on the north side. The female Redhead was the highlight. This bird was swimming with American Wigeons in the main Ash Creek area which can be viewed most easily from Gilman Street on the Bridgeport side. The American Black Duck numbers were very surprising and I am very happy with the increase. They were spread throughout. Firsts were the Buffleheads and Red-breasted Mergansers.
Great day to be out!