Monday, October 28, 2013
Lesser Black-backed Gulls - 27 Oct 2013
A flock of 20 shorebirds (guessing Dunlin) flew by at a distance heading north toward Luna Pier. So I headed back and drove to the foot of Luna Pier Rd. Not much was going on, but I did witness a steady stream of Tree Swallows moving along the shoreline to the south. Groups of 5-6 birds were passing by every 30 seconds or so. Two more Great Black-backed Gulls were drifting out in the open waters north of the pier.
A stop at Sterling State Park yielded a nice mix of ducks in the ponds surrounded by the old bike trail. Mallard were mixing with Gadwall, Wood Duck, dozens of Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and American Wigeon. A couple dozen Great Egrets were still hanging around, as were several American Coot.