Sunday, June 7, 2015
Windy June Birding - 06 Jun 2015
The trails were soft and the wind was making biking a real challenge, but I muscled back to the Middle Causeway and rode toward the Banana Unit. A Cliff Swallow was a nice fly-by bird with its bright white forehead and buffy rump. No Yellow-headed Blackbirds were seen despite numerous small flocks of Red-winged Blackbirds were flying about the grassland on either side of the trail.
I arrived at Cell 3 and found high water levels and sparse mud flats. Only a dozen Dunlin were foraging among another half-dozen Semipalmated Sandpipers. I scanned the Bonaparte's Gulls and Common Terns out on the flats but found no Little Gulls. I did spot a pair of Red Knots, which was an even better consolation prize!
I then rode back toward the North Causeway. I spotted 6 American White Pelicans quietly roosting in the middle of the Vermet Unit.