Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Visit to Bunche Beach

Because I had to missed yesturdays Bird Patrol visit to Bunche Beach, I headed out there right from work at about 7:30 am. The tide was falling and many migrants have arrived. A good variety of shore birds. Found some of my goals including the reported Long-Billed Curlew, a Forster's Tern and a Piping Plover. Did find the following 41 species -----

Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis,Roseate Spoonbill, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Black-bellied Plover, Wilson's Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, American Oystercatcher, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet, Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, Common Tern, Forster's Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, White-eyed Vireo,Northern Cardinal

Was suprised to find a calling White-Eyed Vireo in the bushes back of the beach and recieved some help from another birder I met at the beach in id'ing the peeps, which is always the challenge. All-in-all a good days birding at the beach. Other good sightings for the day include the Barred Owl at work and the Burrowing Owls, Bobwhite, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Nighthawks and Purple Martins at Domestic Avenue in San Carlos Park.

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