Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, July 26th, 2013

We started at the east path first and were rewarded with many shorebirds both close and scope views on the large mudflats and shallow water east of the path. These birds included Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, even a Stilt Sandpiper, lots of both Yellowlegs, Willets, Short-billed Dowitchers, Killdeer, and Semipalmated Plover. Amongst these birds were 30+ Snowy Egrets, a half dozen Great Egrets, and 6 Glossy Ibis. On the drier flats were at least 100 Terns, adults and juvenile Forster's, Common and a few Least. On the beach we had American Oystercatchers and Black Skimmers.  Leaders: Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, and Jesse Amesbury.
51 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  8
Mallard  10
Great Egret  8
Snowy Egret  30
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  6
Osprey  1
Semipalmated Plover  6
Killdeer  2
American Oystercatcher  9
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  7
Willet  3
Lesser Yellowlegs  18
Sanderling  50
Semipalmated Sandpiper  40
Least Sandpiper  70
Stilt Sandpiper  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  5
Laughing Gull  30
Ring-billed Gull  3
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  40
Least Tern  8
Common Tern  15
Forster's Tern  50
Royal Tern  1
Black Skimmer  25
Mourning Dove  15
Chimney Swift  4
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
American Crow  3
Purple Martin  15
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  8
Gray Catbird  1
European Starling  10
Common Yellowthroat  6
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  3

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Forster's Tern adult and juvenile [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Immature Little Blue Heron [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Short-billed Dowitcher and Snowy Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Snowy Egrets and Ibis [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Stilt Sandpiper [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Willets [Photo by Karl Lukens]