Saturday, October 8, 2011

October 8, 2011 Great morning birding at Shirley's Bay

If you haven't had an opportunity to bird at Shirley's Bay this fall don't wait any longer! The birding is excellent with lots of waders including Hudsonian Godwit, White-rumped Sandpiper and Black-bellied Plover to name a few. The waterfowl numbers continue to increase with 16 species including 9 Gadwall, 16 Northern Shoveler, 80+Wood Duck, many in breeding plumage, 9 Northern Pintail, 64 American Black Duck, and even 5 White-winged Scoter on the west side of the causeway. The Great Egrets are still present with 5 feeding in the back bay area. With all the bird activity brings raptors and this morning we observed 2 juvenile Peregrine Falcon, 2 adult Bald Eagle, and 3 Northern Harrier. Lots of sparrows along the causeway, mainly Song, Swamp, White-crowned, and White-throated Sparrow.

Hudsonian Godwits coming in for a landing.

Two Great Egrets head south from Shirley's Bay.

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