Rey After enjoying an hour on the tower, we decided to skip the warm, woodsy, buggy, too-late-for-warblers loop hike and head for the coast instead. We stopped at the salt water bridge on the way out and bagged some additional species. They included many white pelicans and this Common Loon, which sports some breeding season plumage. This would have been a much better photo had the bird been north of the bridge instead of south.
We parked at the beach and scanned the Gulf. We watched a Forster’s Tern dive many times. An oystercatcher was foraging on a tiny oyster bar that was about to be submerged by the rising tide. While most of us enjoyed the breeze in the shade of a small pavilion, Paul Smyth went into the woods and emerged with a Palm Warbler that we didn’t have. Carol and her friend walked out to the boat ramp. They added three eagles and a skimmer to the list. It seemed that a fine time was had by all.