North Tybee Beach 9/2/13

This Labor Day weekend, I went birding twice on 9/2/13 with Diana Churchill at the north end of Tybee Island. The morning high tide was only 6.3 feet, so the assortment of shorebirds was not great. Highlights included Wood Storks, a Greater Yellowlegs and Caspian and common terns. I also went in the afternoon, when the tide was 7.2 feet and the flock was joined by the first Forster’s Terns and American Oystercatchers of the season, a group of Ruddy Turnstones, a Semipalmated Sandpiper and a Northern Waterthrush.  In the morning I also saw a couple Roseate Skimmers, which I have been wanting to see for a long time now. They are very beautiful dragonflies! Here is the list with the first number as the count for the morning and the second number after the slash the count for the evening.

Birds (33 species, 0 lifers):

Wood Stork 3/0

Brown Pelican 20/25

Great Blue Heron 1/0

Great Egret 30/0

Snowy Egret 10/0

Little Blue Heron 2/0

Black-crowned Night-Heron 1/0

Semipalmated Plover 1/0

American Oystercatcher 0/4

Willet 1/1

Spotted Sandpiper 1/0

Semipalmated Sandpiper 0/1

Greater Yellowlegs 1/0

Sanderling 15/50

Ruddy Turnstone 0/10

Laughing Gull 75/75

Ring-billed Gull 1/1

Herring Gull 0/2

Lesser Black-backed Gull 5/5

Great Black-backed Gull 0/1

Caspian Tern 5/0

Common Tern 10/20

Royal Tern 50/50

Forster’s Tern 0/5

Sandwich Tern 20/20

Black Skimmer 50/40

Mourning Dove 5/0

Belted Kingfisher 1/0

American Crow 2/0

Barn Swallow 2/0

Northern Mockingbird 2/1

Common Grackle 1/0

Northern Waterthrush 0/1

Vines (2 species, 0 lifers):

Spurred Butterfly Pea

Fiddle-leaf Morning Glory

Herbaceous Plants (3 species, 3 lifers):

*Wild Poinsettia

*Seacoast Marsh Elder


Grasses (1 species, 0 lifers):

Sea Oats

Dragonflies (3 species, 1 lifer):

Common Green Darner

Blue Dasher

*Roseate Skimmer

Butterflies (1 species, 0 lifers):

Gulf Fritillary


Common Tern closer to breeding plumage


Juvenile Black Skimmer with adult in background for comparison


Common Tern closer to nonbreeding plumage


Adult Black Skimmer


Fiddle-leaf Morning Glory


Greater Yellowlegs


Juvenile Laughing Gull


Roseate Skimmer


Seacoast Marsh Elder