What a great day to bird. Twenty-one avid birders joined forces to find the birds. We had two Ontario visitors who enjoyed along with the rest. We had birds!! Swamp, Savannah, & Chipping Sparrows, Wood Storks, Northern Harrier, Tricolored, Green, Little Blue, & Great Blue Herons, Cattle, Snowy, & Great Egrets, Purple Gallinule, 6 Wilson's Snipe, & Sora to name a few. This group shot filming the Sora was taken by Tom Gulley.
This American Bittern gave us quite a show, first by flying in just across from where we stood. He at first had the neck extended and then drew downward and just seemed to stare at us. Did I say we had birds? Why yes, yes we did. The check list of 55 species can be seen at this eBird link.
Wow, what a turnout-28 eager Beavers, make that Birders, who thoroughly enjoyed the morning! The newspaper definitely brought in some of the folks, including 6 Canadians. We walked the trails at the Visitor Center and were surprised by several Northern Harriers and a Red-tailed Hawk resting on a low snag. Also, had several Bald Eagles and a couple of large flocks of White Pelicans, one numbering over 200 birds. Some heard the Clapper Rail and saw the Marsh and Sedge Wren. The tree birds were missing there today! We also had some shorebirds but they were way out and we weren't able to I.D. them. We also walked the Boardwalk where we picked up several wading species, Little Blue, Tri-colored, and Great Blue Herons. We decided to go to the Bird Creek Park at the edge of the Gulf where we added 12 new species, with a total of 44 species for the day. Another nice surprise near the boat ramp was several Salt Bushes with 10-12 migrating Monarch Butterflies oneach of them. Who said migration is over! Another fun CCAS Bird Walk, Jim & Eileen
Wonderful afternoon with 22 bird species which slightly outnumbered the 20 birders who also enjoyed a beautiful sunset with a pleasant onshore breeze. The birds were quite numerous despite a considerable number of beachgoers. Terns, Skimmers, Gulls and peeps were well represented. All available rocks around the swimming area were covered with birds.