No, I'm not implying the return of an actual duck, just an ol'
woundedmallard, much to the chagrin of some, I'm sure! Ha-ha ;-)
Parrish Park held the biggest shorebird flock of the day with some 20+
Short-billed Dowitchers and a lone Dunlin along with the usual begging
A quick pass through Blackpoint and Biolab today just to get my juices
flowing. Nothing extraordinary.
An Eastern Phoebe hanging out near stop 9. I stopped to photograph it for
the heck of it and could swear I heard a Sedge Wren chattering along that
overgrown dike just passed the Cruickshank parking lot entrance. A fly by
juvenile Bald Eagle was nice.
Did spot a small mixed flock of peeps along Biolab that included mostly
Dunlin and Sanderlings with a couple of Least and one Western Sandpiper.
Headed to the beach and stopped #8 pullover for a look at the Scoters, all
of which are on the south side now and pretty much stayed to the back. 12
Scoters in all today, 8 Black's (one male), and 4 Surf's looking like
juveniles. As I watched them they always seemed to keep somewhat separated. They
would seemingly all dive at once, and upon surfacing together they
consistently separated species.
Also had a Rough-winged Swallow among 4 or 5 Barn's that were working the
On the Seashore all was fairly quiet. A Royal Tern with fish being
harrassed by a Laughing Gull, individual Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderlings and
Black-bellied Plovers intermittently passing by.
Headed out, pulled over to join Bob Sanders and friend Becky for a nice
look at a pair of Bald Eagles basking in the setting sun on the old radio tower
along SR 402.
See you out there!
p.s.- Tons of Sparrows (Chipping, White-crowned, White-throated and a few
Vespers) from my Kentucky/Tennessee trip, asked me to send their regards! :-)
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