Today, 8/22, I went over to the New Smyrna side of Ponce de Inlet. The wind had shifted around to the south and then southwest. There were no Sooty, Bridled or Noddy Terns.  All of the pelagic terns had left. In addition,, the Sooty Shearwater was also nowhere to be seen.  Black Terns were down to about 25, about 1/10 as many as were here on Wednesday.

There were lots of birds including 5 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and 1 1st winter Great Black-backed Gull; 10+ Common Terns; 25 Black Terns; hundreds of Royal and Sandwich Terns, 1 Caspian Tern; 4 Avocets; 4 Short-billed Dowitchers; 1 Pectoral Sandpiper; 3 Red Knots; 4 Piping Plovers; 25 Semipalmated Plovers; 1 Black-bellied Plover; and many Willets, Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstones.


Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet

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