North Tybee Beach and Tybee Island 6/17/12

On Father’s Day, I went birding with my mentor on North Tybee Beach and just driving around some on Tybee Island. Our main target species was a Gray Kingbird that my mentor had seen around the island some this year already, but we missed it. We did get some pretty cool species though, and the highlights were Painted Buntings, Wood Stork, Eastern Kingbirds, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Clapper Rails and the two lifers I got, Orchard Oriole and Eurasian Collared-dove. Even though it is late in the breeding season, we got to see a pair of Royal Terns courting. They stand up tall next to each other and twirl in a circle together. It’s pretty cool! We had a total of 40 species, a pretty good count for summer, and I had a blast overall! Here is the list of species:
Painted Bunting 2, 1 adult male and 1 immature male
Mourning Dove 5
Snowy Egret 8
Great Egret 5
Great-crested Flycatcher 4
Boat-tailed Grackle 10
House Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Purple Martin 6
Marsh Wren 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Blue Jay 1
Chimney Swift 5
House Finch 5
Northern Mockingbird 15
Wood Stork 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1, male
Eurasian Collared-dove 5
Brown Pelican 50
Barn Swallow 10
Fish Crow 2
Orchard Oriole 1, immature male
Eastern Kingbird 4, 2 immature
Great Blue Heron 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Laughing Gull 20
Royal Tern 30
Herring Gull 5
Lesser Black-backed Gull 3
Brown-headed Cowbird 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
Clapper Rail 2
European Starling 5
Carolina Wren 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Brown Thrasher 2
Rock Pigeon 10
Tricolored Heron 1
Sandwich Tern 5
Black Skimmer 20

Juvenile Eastern Kingbirds
Royal Tern
Brown Pelican
Great Black-backed Gull
Sandwich Terns
Northern Mockingbird
Great Egret