Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Point - Tuesday, October 19 2010

Location: Stone Harbor Point
Observation date: 10/19/10
Notes: Sunset Birding at Stone Harbor Walk led by Mike F,Jim A,and Warren C. We spent the entire walk along Stone Harbor Point today because it was high tide and loaded with birds. The beach held over a hundred Red Knot, an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, and some newly arrived Dunlin among the shorebirds and we had a bonus of pods of Bottlenose Dolphins frolicking just past the Surf. There was a very cooperative Red-throated Loon close in by the Jetty and even a Peregrine Falcon ON the beach. Scoter were streaming by offshore. We spotted a Brown Pelican on a sandbar covered with Cormorants just before the high tide forced them elsewhere. Lots of feeding Terns rounded out our day. We even had a male Black-throated Blue Warbler came flying in off the ocean into the dunes. We ended the walk with a pair of Merlin Perched on snags.

Number of species: 54

Brant 60
American Black Duck 2
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 2
Surf Scoter 80
Black Scoter 350
Red-throated Loon 1
Common Loon 1
Brown Pelican 1
Double-crested Cormorant 400
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 1
Osprey 4
Merlin 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Black-bellied Plover 300
American Oystercatcher 40
Willet (Western) 1
Ruddy Turnstone 35
Red Knot 120
Sanderling 600
Western Sandpiper 20
Dunlin 250
American Woodcock 1
Laughing Gull 9
Ring-billed Gull X
Herring Gull X
Lesser Black-backed Gull 1
Great Black-backed Gull X
Caspian Tern 11
Forster's Tern 30
Royal Tern 10
Mourning Dove 3
Eastern Phoebe 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 1
Carolina Wren 2
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling X
Black-throated Blue Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 40
Palm Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Savannah Sparrow 2
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 6
House Finch 5
House Sparrow X