Wx forecast, I'm sure, no one appeared! We were quite concerned too but,
would you believe, it was Blue Skies into the early afternoon and didn't start
raining until 5:30!
Even though the migrants were thin, we managed to tally around 60 species.
We had quite a neat late afternoon when we had a group of Hooded, Black
and White, and Prothonotary Warblers in a canal full of mangroves at the
Arrowhead Picnic Area. We did see a Summer Tanager and Indigo Bunting
there also. We then went to the East Beach trail and Eileen spotted the young
Great Horned Owl that had been reported there-the final ending to the day!
For me the Highlight was seeing a nice group of A. Avocets dressed in full
breeding attire! These Beauts were way across the lagoon and holding the
camera in the heavy winds was a challenge! Along with the Avocets, we
had several Tern species-Black Skimmers, Royal, Least, Sandwich, along
with several Gull species in the protected area of the North Beach. Two other
neat birds there were the Reddish Egret and several Marbled Godwits.
As always, many peeps and shorebirds on the East Beach turnaround loop
that were sharing it with the Kite Boarders. And it was neat seeing the Black-
hooded Parakeets, Swallow-tailed Kites, M. Frigatebirds, Northern Gannets
and Great-crested Flycatchers flying around.
Jim & Eileen