Midweek at The Meadows - Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

After a day of rain yesterday, it was refreshing to be greeted by a sunny morning at The Meadows and a perfectly comfortable temperature for a walk. Early migrants kept us very busy today, as Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers and a singing Common Yellowthroat were in the bushes and a nice collection of swallows and martins fed throughout the reserve. Great and Snowy Egrets were in fine breeding plumage and the scopes came in handy to provide good views of Wilson’s Snipe. Offshore, incoming Northern Gannets and Forster’s Terns mingled with outgoing Surf Scoters and Red-throated Loons and American Oystercatchers were on the beach. At the turning point of our walk we actually find some interesting, non-bird, wildlife to study. An Eastern Mud Turtle on the trail gave a great opportunity for us to study this common but not often seen species, while nearby, we found footprints and diggings from a River Otter that had clearly been having fun rolling around in the sand. The tell-tale, fish-scale-filled scat was also located.   Osprey, Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier and a first-of-season Broad-winged Hawk were all seen in the skies above and skeins of Double-crested Cormorants seemed to be ever-present, snaking their way north overhead. Leaders:  Mike Crewe, Chris Marks, Steve Weiss, Mary Watkins, and Catherine Busch.
57 species

Canada Goose  22
Mute Swan  12
Gadwall  8
Mallard  18
Blue-winged Teal  4
Northern Shoveler  8
Green-winged Teal  10
Ring-necked Duck  14
Surf Scoter  8
Black Scoter  4
Bufflehead  6
Red-throated Loon  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Northern Gannet  16
Double-crested Cormorant  650     active migrants crossing the bay
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Glossy Ibis  1
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
American Coot  6
American Oystercatcher  4
Killdeer  1
Wilson's Snipe  2
Laughing Gull  12
Herring Gull  10
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Forster's Tern  4
Mourning Dove  6
Chimney Swift  2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Fish Crow  6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  12
Purple Martin  24
Tree Swallow  32
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Northern Mockingbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
Palm Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  6
Field Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  34
Common Grackle  8
Boat-tailed Grackle  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  14

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