Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sandwich Terns at Bunche Beach

Thursday August 17th


A marbled Godwit

 In a quick stop at Bunche Beach in Lee County, with an idea towards locating any migrating piping plovers, noted a large concentration of Black Skimmers, Sandwich Terns, and Short-billed Dowitchers. The tide was rising, which helps to create this concentration. Had nearly a hundred dowitchers, close to two hundred skimmers and about one hundred and seventy sandwich terns. Also counted twenty-two Marbled Godwits, twenty Sanderlings, six Royal Terns, a lone Least Tern ,about twenty-five Laughing Gulls, a handfull of Semipalmated Sandpipers, three Willets, two Black-bellied Plovers and a lone Semipalmated Plover. But no piping plover. Did scan the scene for any possible red knots and noticed that the numbers of willets, sanderlings and semipalmated plovers were extremely low and there was an  absence of least sandpipers and wilson's plover. A fly over by a pair of bald eagles sent these resting birds into a rising, swirling cloud of blacks and whites as they took to the sky in fear of the predators.  Cool!! But a  loud clap of thundered put an ended to the visit. You never know what you might find..

Semipalmated Plover

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