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
Osprey  2
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.


Least Tern


Spotted Sandpiper


Great Egret


Double-crested Cormorant


Osprey nest


Mating Tiger Beetles


Wilson’s Plover


Atlantic Ghost Crab