Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Stratford Point bird walk 12/14 results

A quick but big thanks to everyone who joined us for the bird walk this morning at Stratford Point. We will announce the date of next month's walk soon. The weather was remarkable for December 14 with only a very light wind and above-normal temperatures in the warm sun. The beautiful conditions made it a little quieter than a typical December day for us as ducks are still coming in Long Island Sound from the north, and as Tom wrote about yesterday and we in the conservation department suspect, some may not spend the winter on our shore this year. Nevertheless, we saw 30 species, with some nice looks at the ducks that were present and a very entertaining group of around 75 Snow Buntings that frequently flew right over our heads. Here are all of the species spotted today:

Mute Swan 
American Wigeon
American Black Duck 
Surf Scoter 
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck 
Common Goldeneye 
Red-breasted Merganser 
Red-throated Loon 
Common Loon 
Great Cormorant 
Northern Harrier 
Black-bellied Plover 
Ring-billed Gull 
Herring Gull (American) 
Great Black-backed Gull 
Mourning Dove 
American Crow 
Carolina Wren 
Northern Mockingbird 
European Starling 
Snow Bunting 
Savannah Sparrow 
Song Sparrow 
House Finch 
House Sparrow 

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation Technician

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