Sunday, July 17, 2011
Forster's Terns, Today! - 09 Jul 2011
Riding the North Causeway to the dike separating Vermet and Long Pond Units I walked the bike until I caught up w/ Todd Palgut. He had been scoping the east end of the Long Pond Unit looking for the Plegadis Ibis seen/reported earlier in the week, and also for the Little Blue Heron reported by Joe Hildreth. We scanned the same location I had seen the ibis earlier in the week, but failed to spot it. We also dipped on the Little Blue Heron.
From there I rode up to Cell 3, where dredgings were actively being pumped into the cell, bringing water levels up and creating (hopefully) entirely new mudflats for this fall's crop of migrating shorebirds. The only open land was along the east side of Cell 3 where I found numerous Forster's Terns, ducks, and a single American White Pelican. I was dead thirsty, and the pelican was showing heat stress from the rising temperatures, so I opted not to ride to the east dike to digiscope it. Instead, I headed back to the car.