Thanksgiving Survey

Did another survey today, covering all the same ground.

Here is my CTBirds Report:

Surveyed again today, covering the same ground, Ash Creek and a bit of

Highlights included 3 Gadwall, a total of 31 Hooded Mergansers, 3
continuing Lesser Scaup at the pond at St. Mary's, 1st Great Corm at
St. Mary's and a continuing Red-breasted Nuthatch at Ash Creek Open

A male Gadwall was seen at Ash Creek Main, joining with the two
continuing Gadwall at the pond at St. Mary's to make 3 Gadwall for the
trip. Gull numbers were down a good amount. American Black Duck
numbers were also down a bit. The three Canada Geese continue to
frequent the area, this time they were seen in the marsh at Open
Space. Large flocks of American Robins, Mourning Doves, and European
Starlings were present at open space. The red-breasted Nuthatch

Low Tide: 12:15
Weather: Mostly Cloudy

Main Ash Creek from Riverside Drive and Fairfield Avenue
1 Gadwall
5 Mallard
23 American Black Duck
16 Hooded Merganser
2 'Domestic' Goose
14 Ring-billed Gull
6 Herring Gull
1 Belted Kingfisher

Upper Ash Creek-Viewed from Parking Lot on Fairfield Avenue
4 Mallard
7 American Black Duck
6 Hooded Merganser
1 Great Blue Heron
15 Ring-billed Gull
12 Herring Gull
1 Im. Herring
1 Im. Great Black-backed
1 Belted Kingfisher

Main Ash Creek From Gilman Street
1 Mute Swan
26 American Black Duck
5 Mallard
1 Red-breasted Merganser
2 Great Blue Heron
19 Ring-billed Gull
7 Herring Gull

Lower Ash Creek from Gilman Street
2 Mute Swan
2 Mallard
15 American Black Duck
12 American Wigeon
12 Bufflehead
3 Hooded Merganser
1 Red-breasted Merganser (different individual)
2 Ring-biled Gull
6 Herring Gull
1 Im. Herring
2 Belted Kingfisher

St. Mary's By the Sea
1 Common Loon
1 Great Cormorant
11 Ring-billed Gull
1 Im. Ring-billed
15 Herring Gull
6 Im. Herring
1 Savannah Sparrow

Pond at St. Mary's
2 Gadwall
25 Mallard
24 American Black Duck
4 Mallard x American Black Duck
3 Lesser Scaup
6 Hooded Merganser (all females)
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Black-crowned Nigh-Heron

Captain's Cove
17 American Black Duck
5 Ring-billed Gull
1 Im. Ring-billed
2 Herring Gull
1 Great Black-backed Gull

Ash Creek Open Space
3 Canada Goose
8 American Black Duck
28 Mourning Dove
2 Monk Parakeet
3 Blue Jay
2 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
22 American Robin
13 European Starling
1 White-throated Sparrow
5 Song Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
2 Dark-eyed Junco

Here are the some of the birds seen:

Male Gadwall, Ash Creek Main

One of the many Great Blue Herons seen

Male Bufflehead, Lower Ash Creek

Male and Female Lesser Scaup, Pond at St. Mary's

Male Lesser Scaup

The unfortunate truth about the Black Duck decline. This is what a Mallard x Black Duck
looks like

A great survey day!

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1 Response to Thanksgiving Survey

  1. Lar says:

    A day that will bring me joy forever.


    C & J

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