Sunset Birding at The Meadows - Friday, July 10th, 2015

In the parking lot, we were met by a Blue Grosbeak, an Indigo Bunting, a Mockingbird imitating several birds, and an American Goldfinch. Along the Eastern Trail, we saw a chick being fed by an Osprey on the platform which confirms that the nest is viable. There were a number of shorebirds including Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Spotted Sandpipers. Out on the beach, the American Oystercatchers were giving their alarm call because a Red-tailed Hawk was sitting in a tree on the dune line. There were Black Scoter in the surf and a number of Least Terns "honeymoon feeding" up the beach. Leader: Chuck Slugg.
45 species

Canada Goose  90
Mute Swan  7
Gadwall  6
Mallard  23
Black Scoter 2
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  3
Glossy Ibis  16
Osprey  6
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Oystercatcher  11
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  1
Least Sandpiper  5
Short-billed Dowitcher  65
Laughing Gull  14
Herring Gull  8
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  14
Forster's Tern  7
Black Skimmer  9
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  3
Mourning Dove  17
Chimney Swift  5
Eastern Kingbird  2
American Crow  2
Purple Martin 14
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Wren  2     heard only
American Robin  12
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  6
European Starling  19
Common Yellowthroat  6     heard only
Eastern Towhee  2     heard only
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  25
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  6

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