Ten Mile R to Ward Ave - 08/07/06
- The Long-tailed Duck is rapidly growing new, black feathers on
the mantle and scapulars. I could not see the throat and chest,
today, which have remained white. But, he is surely headed in
the "wrong" direction in his molt, more like spring than winter.
Jim walked from Ten Mile down the beach to Ward Ave this
afternoon. The Snowy Plovers are increasing during this
early part of fall migration. Jim had 11 Snowies: 10 were up
near Inglenook Creek and the 11th bird was almost to Ward
Ave. There were various types of bands on about 3 of the
birds (he wrote to Angela about the details of the bands).
Also, he saw 4 Ruddy Turnstones, Black-bellied Plovers in
alternate plumage, and 2 godwits (which took off heading
north before he could really get a look at them). I will
check Ten Mile River mouth tomorrow morning.
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