Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, September 12th, 2014

Another lovely evening for a walk in The Meadows. Before we left the parking lot we had a Bald Eagle, a Merlin eating a dragonfly, and an American Kestrel. As we started on the trail, two Merlins burst through the shrubs flushing a group of House Sparrows.  On the mudflats we had a mixture of sandpipers including Solitary, Least, and Semipalmated along with Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, and Lesser Yellowlegs. A variety of ducks have come in including Blue- and Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, Black Duck, and Gadwall. We had a single Black-bellied Plover on the beach which was still in almost breeding plumage with some Sanderlings.
48 species

Canada Goose  18
Mute Swan  12
Gadwall  14
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  20
Blue-winged Teal  9
Northern Shoveler  12
Green-winged Teal  1
Great Egret  34
Snowy Egret  6
Green Heron  2     heard only
Glossy Ibis  6
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
American Oystercatcher  5
Black-bellied Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  6
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  6
Sanderling  5
Least Sandpiper  16
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Semipalmated Sandpiper  25
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  3
Great Black-backed Gull  65
Caspian Tern  2
Royal Tern  4
Black Skimmer  40
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  18
American Kestrel  1
Merlin  5
Fish Crow  7
Tree Swallow  8
Gray Catbird  1     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  10
Cedar Waxwing  2
Yellow Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  6
House Sparrow  16

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