Monday, August 8, 2016

Red Knots at Bunche Beach

Monday, August 8th
Red Knot at Bunche Beach

Black-bellied Plover
Visited Bunche Beach this morning during a cooperative, low tide, to look for new arrivals from the Short-billed Dowitchers with maybe a few Long-billed Dowitchers mixed in, many still in their alternate plumages. Also many Western. Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. A flock of five Spotted Sandpipers were hanging together and a flock or kettle of seven Osprey were soaring over the bay. Saw my FOS Kingfisher.  But missed any whimbrels or black terns which are being reported on Carlos Point on Ft Myers Beach. 
northern breeding grounds. Saw  a great many

There a few Black Skimmers, Willets, Wilson's Plover, Piping Plovers, an
Piping Plover
American Oystercatcher,
lots of Semipalmated Plovers, a couple of Ruddy Turnstones, Barn Swallows swooping along the beach, some Black-belled Plovers, Sanderlings and Marbled Godwits.

Then a flock of Red Knots, still showing some of their alternate plumage, flew in and began actively foraging. Tried to call in any yellow warblers, which are also being reported in the area, but only got a nice Prairie Warbler. It was a nice visit.

Red Knot

Red Knots

Red Knots

Wilson's Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover


Piping Plover

Short-billed Dowitcher
Marbled Godwit

Least Sandpiper

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