Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Visit to Bunche Beach Preserve

Tuesday May 5th

A Short-billed Dowitcher with several Red Knots

Early this morning I found time to spend enjoying the bird life feeding in the shallows and mud at Bunche Beach Preserve. 

American Oystercatcher

Found hundreds of shorebirds beginning to sport there breeding colors including Red Knots, Short-billed Dowitchers, Marbled Godwits, Willets, Dunlins, Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Ruddy Turnstones, and a pair of American Oystercatchers

Marbled Godwit

A White-morphed Reddish Egrets.
The white-morphed are not as common here as we find further south in the Keys
One species I was interested in locating were White-rumped Sandpipers and I was lucky to see one as it flew off. Another migrant spotted were a couple of noisy Bobolinks passing over head. 

A Short-billed Dowitcher in his breeding colors
Breed in sub-arctic regions of Alaska and central Canada

A Male Black-bellied Plover.
A very common species that breeds in the high arctic
from Siberia east to Baffin Island in Canada

Wilson's Plover
A local breeder on the salt flats in this preserve

A female Black-bellied Plover

This species is very abundant and breeds in sub-arctic
and arctic regions of  Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia

Least Sandpiper.
Will be heading off to their breeding grounds in sub-arctic tundra
 and northern boreal forests in Alaska and Canada

Male Red Knot and Short-billed Dowitcher

Male Red Knot

Male Red Knot

Red-shouldered Hawk


Ruddy Turnstone

Semipalmated Sandpiper
A very abundant species that breeds in sub-arctic regions
 from Siberia to Newfoundland

Red Knots
Are very long distance travelers. They fly to the high Arctic
 for breeding from  their wintering locations spread across the planet.
Some from as far away as
New Zealand, Argentina, Africa and even Florida

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