2/5 – Burying Hill to Ash Creek

With some free time on hand back on February 5th, I spent some time along the coast, hitting locations from Burying Hill Beach in Westport to Ash Creek on the Fairfield-Bridgeport border.

My first stop was at Burying Hill for a recently reported Glaucous Gull, a species I had yet to see this year. Unfortunately, I never did connect with the Glaucous, but instead enjoyed two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls as well as a couple of confiding Gadwall in the marsh.

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Burying Hill Beach, CT

Lesser Black-backed Gull, Burying Hill Beach, CT

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Gadwall, Burying Hill Beach, CTGadwall, Burying Hill Beach, CT

Gadwall

Gadwall

Moving east, I hit Southport Beach which held a nice variety of waterfowl. The standout was definitely a young male Northern Shoveler that has been seen in the Sasco Creek area throughout the winter, including at Southport Beach and Bulkley Pond farther inland.

Southport Harbor held little of note, although two continuing female-type Common Mergansers and three of the wintering American Coots were nice.

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

My next stop was the aforementioned Bulkley Pond, where I notched my first Green-winged Teal of the year, foraging in the only sliver of unfrozen water left on the pond.

Finally, I rounded out the day at Upper Ash Creek. One male Gadwall, definitely more uncommon here than on the other side of town, was present among the many American Black Ducks.

-AB

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