Seventeen! – yes, seventeen bird folks enjoyed a great early morning out at the Beach in Crystal River. Two of the notable species at a recent visit there (see below) were absent. The rare Purple Sandpiper is likely working its way up the Atlantic coast. Its most likely destination is the Canadian high arctic. Royal Terns were not present either. But there were other nice birds to entertain us.
One of the cooperating species was the Least Sandpiper. One of them is shown here. The wide dark band between its eye and bill may be its most obvious field mark.
Another member of the small group of shore birds on the beach was the Sanderling. One is shown here. Right after this shot was taken, it plunged its bill down through the water to grab a morsel.
Other species of note included Common Loon, Bufflehead Duck, Horned Grebe, Clapper Rail, and Seaside Sparrow. In all, thirty-seven species were identified. .Rey Wells