Monday, November 29, 2010

Ruddy Turnstones - A Visit to Bunche Beach

Saturday November 27th

Headed back to Bunche Beach early Saturday morning with the idea of finding any American White Pelicans an a very foggy morning. The tide was low and falling. Very birdy as well. Walked both endsof the beach, finding the usual hundreds of resting Black Skimmers and all the usual shore birds and waders. Did find a FOS first winter Herring Gull among the many Laughing Gulls.  No ring-billed gulls this morning. Only saw a lone Royal Tern a few Sandwich Terns and Forster's Terns.  The fog reduced visibility but an occasional pelican could be seen flying by, but only Brown Pelicans today. Found several Ruddy Turnstones some of which were well camouflaged in the leaf litter they were probing for breakfast.
A foggy morning at Bunche Beach

Piping Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Yellow-Crowned Nightheron on the hunt



Great Blue Heron
Can you see the Ruddy Turnstone
My Bunche Beach list - ( 30)
Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Reddish Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Black-bellied Plover, Wilson's Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Herring Gull, Forster's Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer, Eastern Phoebe

Other sightings over the Thanksgiving weekend included the Monk Parakeets and a Burrowing Owl in Cape Coral at the Pelican Boulevard ballfields. Sighted a Whip-poor-will on a fence post as I was heading into work on Thursday night. Its eye-shine gave it away as my car's head lights caught sight of it. On the way home Friday morning sighted a Great Horned Hawk being harassed by a Red-Shouldered Hawk as it was perched atop a pile of dead timber, awaiting kindling, at the recently cleared construction sight along Airport-Haul Road. I don't have a consistent place in Lee County to find these owls, so they are always welcomed when ever I can come across them. I have also been consistently locating a trio of Redhead duck, over the weekend, hanging with a flock of American Coots at the ponds on Domestic Street. These are my first sighting of Redheads in Lee County. Lesser Scaups, Ring-necked Ducks, Mottled Ducks and a Pied-billed Grebe are seen here too.

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