|Western Sandpipers (I think!)|
One fun thing was seeing all the roseate spoonbills. They were roosting in a tree at high tide and then came down to feed on a mud bar. Definitely seem to be expanding their range northward.
|Roseate Spoonbills Feed on Mudflat|
On East Beach at St. Simon's we found a piping plover that was banded. I sent a photo up to the University of Minnesota where Alice van Zoeren replied right away to say that the plover hatched in 2007 at Brevort, MI along the north shore of Lake Michigan in the upper peninsula. She was banded as an adult in 2009 at Gulliver, MI, a little to the west. WOW! Thanks Alice!
|Piping Plover banded on Lake Michigan|
Back on Tybee on Monday & Tuesday mornings, the nearly 9 foot high tide had lots of birds on the beach. There were 70 American Oystercatchers, 4 banded. Green CCY, Yellow N4, Blue CR & Vertical Red 6K.
|American Oystercatchers rest on the beach at high tide.|
The shorebirds were very cooperative with willets, black-bellied plovers and short-billed dowitchers posing side by side in good light.
|Willets, Black-bellied Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers.|
|Short-billed Dowitcher & Black-bellied Plover|
More than 75 Caspian terns were patrolling
the beach fishing as well as resting on the sand.
In the songbird arena, on the way to the beach, I saw my first of the season yellow-rumped warbler as well as a white-throated sparrow. There were many gray catbirds feeding on wax myrtle berries. One surprise was this juvenile white-crowned sparrow!
What a great few days of coastal birding!