Friday, October 22, 2010

American Avocet - Bunche Beach

American Avocet  -  
Bunche Beach
Tuesday October 19th

Made a quick check on Bunche Beach this morning with the idea to see if any dunlins have arrived from the north.  The tide was higher than I expected, but this was good as the shorebirds were concentrated in a small area. Dozens of Black Skimmers were rising just as I arrived and only a couple of Sandwich Terns were seen flying overhead. I came across Wes as he was leaving. His best bird was some Forster's Tern, which a lone individual remained my this time. But as we spoke a pair of American Avocets flew in to join the Semiplamated Plovers, Willets, Short-billed Dowithchers and Sanderlings. I was able to get a few pictures today as they were paitent and allowed close observation this morning. Always glad to find these interesting birds. So was delayed a bit to enjoy the avocets as well.

Other birds on sight included a lone Piping Plover, a trio of Wilson's Plover, a couple of Black-bellied Plovers, a roosting Osprey and a noisy House Wren. Plus a couple of Marbled Godwits and a lone Ruddy Turnstone. I did not stay lone myself. But you never know what you will find, if you don't go.

Black-bellied Plover

 My Bunche Beach List (25) -
Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Tricolored Heron, White Ibis, Osprey, Black-bellied Plover, Wilson's Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, American Avocet, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Forster's Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer, House Wren, Northern Mockingbird, Palm Warbler, Northern Cardinal

1 comment:

  1. Have yet to see a pair of Avocets together in the field, Tom. Your great fortune. Tides are very favorable for San Carlos Bay 10/25- 10-26 which I will be taking advantage of. I considered DDNWR for the days ahead, but will instead favor Bunche Beach Preserve for observation. How's Wes doing after his surgeries?