Date: 2/3/19 4:55 pm From: Jamie Meyers via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] New London county waterfowl
Went out in search of the Redhead recently reported from the Niantic River this afternoon. Did not see it from the Laurel Street park, though there was a decent amount of duck activity visible from there. I was able to locate a larger scaup flock not far north of there, which contained 4 drake Redheads, a drake Canvasback and a Ruddy Duck, among others that have been recently been reported.
Not much activity at Harkness save for a single Common Eider. The King Eider drake was showing well at Ocean Beach park along with an impressive number of Commons and a single Great Cormorant. I was searching for Purple Sandpiper, a species I've yet to encounter in CT this year, but no luck there. Who'd have guessed a King Eider would be easier to find? I did not see the female.
Extralimitally, I spent the morning in east central Massachusetts and had two small flocks of Common Redpolls. I have encountered this species a few times now in MA and RI since early December but not yet in CT this winter. One bird I found in December was in Granville, MA, not far from the border. I thought they might be coming down. Not yet anyway!