It was April 13th and the first really nice morning in several days. Thirteen bird folks met at the Shell Mound. Among the species seen there were Black-bellied Plover and Roseate Spoonbill. Ken had arrived at 7:30 and spotted an Avocet, Black-Crowned Night heron, and Marbled Godwit. From there we caravanned to a number of locations to discover as many resident and migrant species as possible. These photos courtesy of Bonnie Schirmers
At the museum, a number of migrants were seen, including Indigo Bunting, Prairie Warbler, American Redstart, and Summer Tanager. These two photos courtesy of Karen Bender
Here is an immature Orchard Oriole that was there and seen by most. Phot by Rey Wells
This spot is at the Purple Martin house on the way to the Cemetery where we did see the martins and House Sparrows. Courtesy Rey Wells
After visiting several other hot spots, we ended the morning ended at the cemetery. We took the boardwalk out through the marsh and encountered a friendly Clapper Rail that was preening. It was only about ten feet away and cared not about our presence.As we were working our way back toward the road, an Osprey flew up onto a branch with a foot long fish. The fish appears be a Sea Trout. Here’s a photo of the Osprey preparing to dine. Photo By Ken Spilios
Clapper Rail by Fred Hileman Osprey by Rey wells
The highlight for many was a life bird A Gray Kingbird was photographed by Fred Hileman at the fishing pier which is on the way to the cemetery. The trip totaled 70 species. Great way to end the season.