Today I visited Bunche Beach Preserve from 9 am till 10 to take advantage of a rising tide and to look for Black and Common Terns. Black terns usually show up in our corner of Florida just before Labor Day and today we found at least six at Bunche. Was also able to add a first-for-the-year, for me, Common Tern. Plus a few Royal Terns, several Sandwich Terns and a few lingering Least Terns.
The exposed mud flats at this low tide had attracted hundreds of shore and wading birds as well. They included Willets, Marbled Godwits, Short-billed Dowitchers, Black-bellied Plovers, Semipalmated Plovers, Piping Plovers, a Snowy Plover, Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones, Red Knots, Least Sandpipers, Western Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers and Brown Pelicans. We also had Great Blue Herons, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Reddish Egrets, White Ibis and Roseate Spoonbills.
A Photo Gallery of Today's Birds
|Least Tern, wearing its winter plumage|
|Willet dining on a crab|
|A tagged Red Knot. Can't read the tag|
|Great Blue Heron|