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 Bridgeport. 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 Space. 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 continues. Low Tide: 12:15 Weather: Mostly Cloudy 10:55-11:30 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 11:35-11:45 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 11:50-12:00 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 12:00-12:20 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 12:20-12:50 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 12:55-1:10 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 11:15-11:20 Captain's Cove 17 American Black Duck 5 Ring-billed Gull 1 Im. Ring-billed 2 Herring Gull 1 Great Black-backed Gull 1:30-1:45 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 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 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! -AB