Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Friday, June 12th, 2015

As we approached the first pond on the left, we had a large flock of Short-billed Dowitchers fly over and settle on the mudflats by the Eastern Trail. There were also Killdeer and Semipalmated Plover. The American Wigeon is still hanging around with some Gadwalls. On the beach, one American Oystercatcher was flattened on the sand clutching her three chicks and the male came in and fed them mole crabs. Black Skimmers were skimming and yipping on both eastern and middle ponds. For our herpetologists, there was a huge Snapping Turtle in the east pond. Leader: Chuck Slugg.
41 species

Canada Goose  40
Mute Swan  8
Gadwall  4
American Wigeon  1
American Black Duck  1
Mallard  15
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  3
Glossy Ibis  1
Osprey  4
American Oystercatcher  9
Semipalmated Plover  2
Killdeer  3
Short-billed Dowitcher  24
Laughing Gull  6
Herring Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  8
Least Tern  20
Forster's Tern  10
Black Skimmer  5
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  6
Eastern Kingbird  2
American Crow  4
Fish Crow  2
Purple Martin  25
Tree Swallow  6
Barn Swallow  5
American Robin  7
Gray Catbird  1     heard only
Northern Mockingbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  4     heard only
Song Sparrow  2     heard only
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  15
Common Grackle  11
Orchard Oriole  1     heard only
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  3

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