Little Tybee Island 7/17/14
I birded Little Tybee Island with Captain Rene Heidt. We wove through various hammocks in the boat and found some interesting birds on the beach of Little Tybee – Black and Least Terns; Marbled Godwit; Semipalmated, Western and Least Sandpipers; Semipalmated and Wilson’s Plovers; Reddish Egret and great views of Marsh Wren. The list and photos are below.
Birds (28 species, 0 lifers):
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Brown Pelican 70
Great Blue Heron 10
Great Egret 20
Snowy Egret 40
Tricolored Heron 2
Reddish Egret 1 Seen dancing while foraging.
Green Heron 3
American Oystercatcher 5
Wilson’s Plover 4
Semipalmated Plover 10
Spotted Sandpiper 10 Hard to miss as we spooked them into their stuttering flight from the shore.
Willet 25 A large flock roosting on beach with dowitchers.
Marbled Godwit 1 Hard to misidentify. Hanging out on beach with Willets and dowitchers. Long, upcurved, bicolored bill.
Least Sandpiper 1 Visibly smaller than other adjacent peeps and legs showed yellowish color.
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3 In a flock of peeps with short, straight bills.
Western Sandpiper 2 In a flock of peeps with longer, slightly downcurved bills than Semipalmated Sandpiper.
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher 10 Probably Short-billed due to habitat and lighter orange wash on breast but plumage could be worn and molt could have started.
Laughing Gull 25
Least Tern 10 One juvenile.
Black Tern 1 A lone individual sitting on the beach. Hard to be mistake for anything else. Showing signs of molting into basic plumage based on white forehead.
Royal Tern 20
Black Skimmer 2
Marsh Wren 20
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Painted Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Juvenile begging for food from a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.