Black Tern at the SJWS
- A Black Tern in breeding plumage was spotted by Jan Gaffney & Sally
Menzel at Pond 2 in the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary this morning
(7/03/09) during the monthly census. The bird was also observed by Merri
Levy, Darrell Wilson & Jerry Tolman. Some of the group saw the bird
when it was flying around; others saw it when it was stationary at Pond 2.
We noticed that the shorebirds are beginning to return. When Jerry
Tolman and I went back to pond C to recheck the identity of a duck I had
a question about, we saw 1 Western Sandpiper in breeding plumage in Pond
E, 7 Long-billed Dowitchers in varying degrees of breeding plumage and 2
Greater Yellowlegs in breeding plumage at the far end of Pond C.