Sunset Birding at the Meadows - Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

It was a good night for rare sightings at the Meadows. Cattle Egret - providing a nice size comparison close to the Snowy and Great Egrets,  groups of Great Blue Herons crossing overhead, the Virginia Rail out in the open after a few minutes of holding our breaths and watching the grasses move, the Common Gallinule, and finally the three young White Ibises, looking far more brown than white that were almost obscured by the fading light and surrounding Glossy Ibises. A good night, and a lucky group... Leaders: Kathy & Roger Horn.
53 species

Canada Goose  55
Mute Swan  2
Gadwall  3
Mallard  68
Great Blue Heron (Blue form)  9
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Cattle Egret  1
Green Heron  1
White Ibis  3     Young birds, larger than nearby glossy ibis,  brown back and chest, white edge at shoulder,  white underwing visible when stretching.
Glossy Ibis  15
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey (carolinensis)  4
Virginia Rail  1
Common Gallinule  1
American Oystercatcher  6
Killdeer  1
Least Sandpiper  18
Short-billed Dowitcher  9
Spotted Sandpiper  6
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Lesser Yellowlegs  9
Laughing Gull  32
Herring Gull (American)  7
Lesser Black-backed Gull  1
Great Black-backed Gull  15
Least Tern  6
Forster's Tern  5
Royal Tern  4
Black Skimmer  1
Mourning Dove  4
Chimney Swift  7
Downy Woodpecker (Eastern)  1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Eastern Kingbird  3
American Crow  1
Fish Crow  3
Barn Swallow (American)  4
Carolina Wren  3
American Robin  3
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  7
Common Yellowthroat  8
Field Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  3
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Indigo Bunting  2
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged)  17
Orchard Oriole  2
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  2

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