Friday, September 3, 2010

Yellow-Crowned Nightheron

Bunche Beach
September 2nd

   Checked out Bunche Beach during an afternoon low tide and found a great many birds on hand. Most numerous had to be Sanderlings. Did find numerous Semipalmated and Wilson's PloversBlack-bellied Plovers were present, most still in alternate plumage.  A couple of Piping Plovers as well. There were three Black Terns, a few Least Terns and several Sandwich Terns. The Brown Pelicans and the sandwich terns were busy diving for there supper. I scanned the Short-billed Dowitchers foraging along the waters edge to see if any red knots were present. But none seen today. Had a couple of Marbled Godwits and many Willets. A lone juvenile Yellow-Crowned Nightheron posed nicely for picture.
Enjoyed finding the black terns here today, but missed on the red knots and the long-billed curlew. A report from a couple of days ago had an early dunlin present, but I did not notice any.

Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Nightheron

Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Nightheron

Least Tern

Black Tern

Wlson's Plover

Spotted Sandpiper
My List - (26) Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, Osprey, Black-bellied Plover, Wilson's Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, Black Tern, Sandwich Tern

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