I did another survey of Ash Creek and St. Marys today, adding in another spot, Captain’s Cove.
Here is my CTBirds report:
Surveyed again today, one because of my success the last time and two because I wanted to try a new location. I won't always have the time to do surveys this frequently, but right now I'm taking advantage of the time I have. Counts are in order of time. The Red-breasted Mergansers were absent (probably because it was low tide), as was the Common Loon, replaced by two male Common Goldeneyes. Total numbers of Hooded Merganser was 17, which is terrific. The Black Ducks were also up. The Greater Yellowlegs continues, though it moves around a lot. 3 days ago I had two. I went to a pond I saw at St. Mary's and was pleasantly surprised with 3 Lesser Scaup and 2 Gadwall. However, I don't think all those Mallards were wild and some of the Black Ducks didn't look like full American Black Ducks. Also, why 14 female Hoodies and not a single male? Captain's Cove was empty, a spot I used to see a ton of ducks at. But, we do have all winter for the ducks to come! The Red-breasted Nuthatch was a nice surprise. I wonder if it is the same bird from 23 days ago? Low Tide: 9:29 Weather: Overcast 9:20-9:40 Ash Creek from Riverside Drive and Fairfield Avenue 6 Canada Goose 7 American Black-Duck 13 Hooded Merganser 7 Herring Gull 15 Ring-billed Gull 9:40-9:50 Upper Ash Creek-Viewed from Parking Lot on Fairfield Avenue 6 American Black Duck 4 Hooded Merganser (different individuals) 13 Ring-billed Gull 1 Ring-billed Im. 6 Herring Gull 1 Great Black-backed Gull 9:55-10:00 Ash Creek from Gilman Street 1 Mute Swan 2 'Domestic' Goose 5 American Wigeon 47 American Black Duck 2 Mallard 6 Ring-billed Gull 7 Herring Gull 1 Im. Herring 10:00-10:15 Lower Ash Creek from Gilman Street 13 American Wigeon 35 American Black Duck (different individuals) 19 Mallard 1 Mallard x American Black Duck 11 Bufflehead 1 Great Blue Heron 1 Greater Yellowlegs 2 Ring-billed Gull 7 Herring Gull 4 Herring Im. 10:15-10:55 St. Mary's By The Sea 2 Common Goldeneye 1 Double-crested Cormorant 33 Ring-billed Gull 4 Ring-billed Im. 51 Herring Gull 10 Herring Im. 2 Savannah Sparrow 10:55-11:15 Pond At St. Mary's 6 American Wigeon 10 American Black Duck 26 Mallard 5 Mallard x American Black Duck 2 Gadwall 3 Lesser Scaup 14 Hooded Merganser (all females) 1 Great Blue Heron 1 Black-crowned Nigh-Heron 1 Belted Kingfisher 11:20-11:30 Captain's Cove 4 Ring-billed Gull 1 Ring-billed Im. 3 Herring Gull 1 Great Black-backed Gull 11:40-12:05 Ash Creek Open Space 16 American Black Duck 4 Herring Gull 1 Belted Kingfisher 4 Black-capped Chickadee 1 Tufted Titmouse 1 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 4 Song Sparrow 2 Dark-eyed Junco Very nice numbers of birds at a number of locations! Alex Burdo Fairfield From Alex Burdo: 11/23/09 - Fairfield, Ash Creek Open Space -- RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, foraging and calling Here are some shots I got during the survey: More Hoodies 2 Male American Wigeon Great Blue Heron Savannah Sparrow Ring-billed Gull Male and Female Lesser Scaup-bad shot-lighting Great Day for a Survey! -Alex