Birding the Meadows with Pete Dunne - Monday, May 8th 2017

A cold and windy day for early May but some good birds were found. On the beach we had the usual American Oystercatchers, one apparently on nest, and one Piping Plover. Shore birds on the east pond were numerous and included Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, one Greater and several Lesser Yellowlegs, Willets, a Pectoral Sandpiper seen by a few, one Stilt Sandpiper, a Wilson's Snipe, and four Solitary Sandpipers. When we got back to the parking lot, the finale was a Mississippi Kite almost overhead. Leaders: Pete Dunne, Chuck Slugg, Karl Lukens, Steve Weis, Pat Perkins, Bill Boyle, and Karen Thompson.
54 species

Canada Goose  6
Mute Swan  5
Gadwall  4
Mallard  10
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Glossy Ibis  9
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Mississippi Kite  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Virginia Rail  1     heard by a few
American Oystercatcher  6
Semipalmated Plover  2
Piping Plover  1
Sanderling  5
Least Sandpiper  30
Pectoral Sandpiper  1     seen by a few
Semipalmated Sandpiper  10
Short-billed Dowitcher  40
Wilson's Snipe  1
Solitary Sandpiper  4
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  4
Lesser Yellowlegs  8
Laughing Gull  30
Ring-billed Gull  1
Herring Gull  5
Great Black-backed Gull  5
Least Tern  8
Common Tern  2
Forster's Tern  10
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
Fish Crow  5
Tree Swallow  8
Barn Swallow  5
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  1
Field Sparrow  2
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  7
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
American Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  1

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American Oystercatcher [Photo by Karl Lukens] 

Mississippi Kite [Photo by Karl Lukens]
Piping Plover [Photo by Karl Lukens]