30 club members and friends participated on the trip throughout the day.
Purple martins, ruby-throated hummingbird, and American goldfinches greeted
us at the visitors center.
Weather conditions ranged from dense fog early to
sunshine to passing thunderstorms back to sunshine.
The water-levels in Raymond and Shearness Pools
was high - best suitable for heron and egrets, dowitchers and yellowlegs.
Fortunately the tide was out so the mudflats opposite
Shearness were exposed and we could scan for peeps. Here we had least,
semipalmated and western sandpipers, semipalmated and black-bellied plovers,
thanks to Frank's keen eye's a ruff (reeve), more dowitchers, a pair of
American Avocets, willets, and both greater and lesser yellowlegs. All
around us were in the spartina grass calling marsh wrens and seaside sparrows.
At Bear Swamp we had black-necked stilts with young, black-crowned and
young-crowned night-herons. A return-swing around Raymond rewarded us
with a black tern. A quick trip out Port Mahon road added sanderling and
ruddy turnstone to the shorebird list.
For those interested, the John Coltrane album mention was "My Favorite
Hope to see everyone in August.
Species seen or heard
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
American Herring Gull
Great horned Owl