Sorry for the late post. The refuge Sunday morning was hot, muggy and buggy. However, it was still worth the effort.
Breeding plumage Spotted Sandpipers were scattered around the refuge. A Bald eagle was perching near the nest North of the lighthouse boat ramp.Belted Kingfishers and Ospreys are more common this week. There were Orchard Orioles and Eastern Kingbirds in the willows at the East River Pool boat ramp, where alligators were calling with a low, throaty outboard motor sound. I wasn't sure what they were saying, but it kept me on the pavement.
The most action was at the Firetower Pond. Skimmers, Terns and Willets predominated, but there were lots of most species. High tide had concentrated the birds.
Blue-winged Teal (only three)
Black-bellied Plover (in every plumage variation)
American Avocet (single bird in winter plumage)
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