Bell River Spoil Island, Fernandina Beach: A morning survey of the marsh
roost site found more than a thousand mixed shorebirds and a large flock of
Rosette Spoonbill roosting on the upland. FOS juvenile red knot and greater
yellowlegs were noted along with a lone juvenile pectoral sandpiper and a
lone Am. Avocet was a first for the site. Typical for the site were
recorded: 289 black-bellied plover, 500 short-billed dowitcher (many
juveniles), 150 Willet, 225 semipalmated plovers, 350 western sandpiper, 7
whimbrel, plus ruddies, a few greater and lesser yellowlegs, least sandpiper
and black, common, Forster's, Royal and 1 Caspian tern.


Due to gusting NE winds, the surging spring tide forced all the shorebirds
into the high marsh vegetation at peak flood. 


Doris and Pat Leary 


Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Nassau County


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