Graeme and I left early yesterday to head to Bombay Hook. Graeme suggested a heavier jacket, and I was glad, later. It was unusually cold and windy.
I saw my first Wild turkey tom, which was cool. Now I want to see one display.
There was the usual cast of hundreds of wading birds, including Avocets and Stilts, but the star was the huge flock of Dunlins who just kept coming and coming.
All in all, we had a good day.
Sunrise at Bombay Hook.
I don’t often see Willets.
This Barn Swallow was eating gravel (Alongside the Tree Swallows) at Bombay Hook.
Many Great Egrets were in the marsh pools.
A few Forster’s Terns were feeding in the shallows.
Mute the poor quality audio
Many thousands of Dunlin were resting and feeding.
It’s always fun to watch the American Avocets forage in the marsh.
Greater Yellowlegs were few in number.
Many hundreds of Red Winged Blackbirds are nesting in the marsh.
We saw only a few Black Necked Stilts
Tree Swallows are nesting all over the refuge.
The Purple Martin Colony was fully occupied.