Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, August 23rd, 2013

A cloudy evening but some good shorebirding. Lots of Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, with a few of both Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Plover, and at least one Pectoral Sandpiper. Also Great and Snowy Egrets and a couple of Glossy Ibis. The beach had the usual American Oystercatchers, and an estimated 300 Black Skimmers. An added treat were 3 Common Nighthawks flying about snagging insects, and a perched Great Horned Owl scoped in the far tree line. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, and Carrie Bell.
42 species

Canada Goose  100
Mute Swan  8
Mallard  15
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  7
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  3
Semipalmated Plover  2
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Sanderling  25
Semipalmated Sandpiper  75
Least Sandpiper  20
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Short-billed Dowitcher  1
Laughing Gull  30
Ring-billed Gull  5
Herring Gull  5
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Black Tern  1
Common Tern  50
Forster's Tern  15
Royal Tern  5
Black Skimmer  300
Mourning Dove  10
Great Horned Owl  1
Common Nighthawk  3
Chimney Swift  5
Purple Martin  10
Tree Swallow  10
Barn Swallow  100
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  1

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Black Tern [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Snowy Egret [Photo by Karl Lukens]