Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, September 27th, 2013

A good variety of ducks with many Mallards, a few Gadwall, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, and both Teal. Waders included Great Blue Heron (one standing on the beach with Gulls!), Great and Snowy Egrets. Still some shorebirds around, Semipalmated Plover and Sandpiper, Least and Pectoral Sandpiper, and both Yellowlegs. The beach had 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The highlight was the perched Great Horned Owl in great light. Leaders: Karl Lukens, Chuck Slugg, Kathy Horn, Roger Horn, Carrie Bell, Deb Payson, and Jesse Amesbury.
50 species

Canada Goose  10
Mute Swan  6
Gadwall  2
American Wigeon  2
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  35
Blue-winged Teal  6
Northern Shoveler  2
Northern Pintail  3
Green-winged Teal  4
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  15
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
American Oystercatcher  5
Semipalmated Plover  6
Killdeer  1
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  5
Sanderling  10
Least Sandpiper  15
Pectoral Sandpiper  8
Semipalmated Sandpiper  4
Laughing Gull  25
Ring-billed Gull  2
Herring Gull  5
Lesser Black-backed Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  50
Royal Tern  2
Mourning Dove  15
Great Horned Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Northern Flicker  1
Merlin  9
Peregrine Falcon  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  15
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  35
Northern Waterthrush  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Savannah Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  1
House Sparrow  5

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American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Great Blue Heron and Great Black-backed Gulls [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Great Horned Owl [Photo by Karl Lukens]

Least and Pectoral Sandpipers [Photo by Karl Lukens]