Friday, August 9, 2013

Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge and Third Beach

Semipalmated Plover Preening
In my last blog, I told you about our encounter with the friendly juvenile cowbird.  Today I'm going to just share with you some of the other birds that we encountered during our trip to the Sachuest Marsh, Third Beach and Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge.  In fact, this is our first visit back down to Sachuest since the road was washed out during last year's hurricane in the refuge was closed until recently.

We listed five species of gulls, including a Bonaparte's Gull in breeding plumage, and a Laughing Gull in winter plumage.
Bonaparte's Gull

Laughing Gull

Shorebirds included Ruddy Turnstones, Semipalmated Plovers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Sandelings, and a Baird's Sandpiper (but I did not get a picture of it).
Ruddy Turnstones Eating a Mussel

Sandeling Looking for Food

Semipalmated Plover and Reflection

Semipalmated Sandpiper Watching a Semipalmated Plover Bathing
There were numerous passerine's and I have included photographs of American Goldfinch and a House Finch.

American Goldfinch in Thistle

House Finch, Eating a Berry
Red-breasted Merganser Shaking off after a Dive

We saw in the distance mainly hidden in the grass a six point buck in velvet.  When rutting begins, that maybe great opportunities to obtain photographs of bucks fighting.