Sunday, June 18, 2006

"Pearls"

Horseshoe Crab eggs

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(Photo credit - Rob J)

Doug, Shane and I arrived at Pike's Beach this morning at sunrise. We only had a couple of hours to search for a Wilson's Plover that was seen in the area yesterday. Summer-like conditions were forecast but it was surprisingly cool at the beach. Probably a bit too cold for my shorts and T-shirt and I ended up spending a few minutes in the car, thawing out.

We ran into Shai and Angus, who were also there to scan through the shorebirds. Unfortunately, we ran out of time before locating the plover and had to drive back to Brooklyn.

-Click here to read about the life cycle of the Horseshoe Crab-

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Pike’s Beach, 6/18/2006
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Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Osprey
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
American Oystercatcher
Willet
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-billed Dowitcher
Jaeger spp.
Laughing Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Common Tern
Black Skimmer
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Wren
Eastern Meadowlark

Other common species seen (or heard):
Herring Gull, Rock Pigeon, European Starling, Red-winged Blackbird, House Sparrow

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a nice weekend. I just wanted to let you know that the peregrine falcons are indeed on the manhattan tower of the brooklyn bridge. 3 juveniles and their proud daddy were on view this morning.

Rob J. said...

Have the young fledged yet?

Anonymous said...

i didn't get a chance to see them this morning, but as of yesterday they had only made it as far as the ledge, (the same ledge you have a photo of from an earlier post.)

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