Saturday, July 26, 2014

Jones Beach Coast Guard area

 I was at the Coast Guard area before sunrise to 6:30 AM this morning.  There were numerous amounts of shorebirds all over the sandbar and surrounding shorelines - it was actually overwhelming.
Most were Semi-Palmated Sandpipers - rest were Sanderlings, Short Billed Dowitchers, Ruddy Turnstones  -all in great numbers.  Other species included American Oystercatchers, Black Skimmers, Semi-Palmated Plover (1), Spotted Sandpiper (1, summer resident), Common and Least Terns, Common Loons (2, there were 4 a few days ago), one each of Black Crowned Night Heron, Great Egret and Snowy Egret.
I tried to find more uncommon types in the mixed flock but did find any.  I did find a tagged Semi-Palmated Sandpiper - blue tag with "UCH" on it.  It seemed to have a problem with one of  it's legs.

Coast Guard Sandbar
Short Billed Dowitchers, Ruddy Turnstones, Semipalmated Sandpipers
Oystercatchers and Sanderlings
Ruddy Turnstone and Semipalmated Sandpipers
Common Loon
 Per, this Semipalmated Sandpiper was banded January 29, 2013 at Coroa dos Ovos, Maranhao,  Brazil: -1.447344 -45.161111. It’s very exciting to have the first report for this bird since it was banded!

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