Thursday, March 22, 2012

Red Knots at Bunche Beach

Thursday, March 22nd

The better of today was taken up with a yard sale. We have to relocate sometime soon and need to get rid of a lot of stuff. Amazing how much a family can accumulate over time. But after a late afternoon rest period I headed out for a quick visit to Bunche Beach,

Banded Piping Plover in breeding colors

With a falling tide there had to be thousands of birds on hand feeding in preparation for some very long flights to the Alaska and Canadian North. Noticed that some of the birds are already molting into their breeding colors like Piping and Semipalmated Plovers, about half of the Sanderlings and some of the Red Knots and Black-bellied Plovers are starting to change. Did notice that the Dunlins and Short-billed Dowitchers were sporting their winter feathers still.

Wilson's Plover are year-round in Florida
 Looked for the long-billed curlew, but it wasn't around at the time. But finally spotting an American Oystercatcher and a hand-full of Red Knots after not seeing them here for several months.  Won't be too long and the least terns will be back to replace our winter birds as they migrate.

Also have Marbled Godwits, Willets, Western Sandpipers and Forster's Terns on hand.

Piping Plover


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