Sandhill Cranes at Bombay Hook NWR.

Graeme and I went to Bombay Hook yesterday and had our most successful trip yet. I also got a Virginia Rail (Lifer).

Black Skimmers, Terns, Egrets, a Common Yellowthroat, Eagles, Night Herons and others had us busy snapping photos for several hours. My count was over 1900 photos, the most ever.

There were plenty of flies, and it was getting very hot by 0930. Graeme has some hydrocortisone cream which was very effective for the insect bites.

A Double Crested Cormorant in silhouette.

 

We saw only two Bald Eagles.

There were many Forster’s Terns.

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A few Caspian Terns were fishing with the other birds.

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Common Yellowthroat Warbler.

 

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Virginia Rail, a first for me.

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This Ruddy Duck didn’t migrate.

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Mute Swans are regulars.

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Two Green Herons were fishing in a small pond.

 

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We found 8 or more Black Crowned Night Herons.

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Wood Duck ducklings were numerous.

Many Egrets were feeding in the pools.

This Snow Goose should be long gone.

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We were lucky to find these Sandhill Cranes, who are rare visitors.

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