American Avocet -
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.
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