Date: 7/19/17 6:38 pm From: Ellen Cantor <ellencantor...> Subject: [obol] Wed Morning Birding Crew at Royal Ave Fern Ridge
Eight of us birded Fern Ridge from the Royal Ave parking lot, to the Royal Observation Platform, then south from there, eventually leaving the dike to hike east, then north across the now dried mudflats, making a loop back to the parking lot.
Best birds were 2 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 10 SEMI-PALMATED PLOVERS, 2 ADULT SPOTTED SANDPIPERS with 2 fuzzy chicks, several WILSON'S PHALOROPES, 3 PURPLE MARTIN, 1 BLACK TERN, and 1 GREAT HORNED OWL perched on a snag out in the open overlooking the mudflats.
Shorebird numbers keep increasing. Good numbers of Greater Yellowlegs, Long-billed Dowitchers, and Western and Least Sandpipers.
Birders present: Sylvia Maulding, Judy Franzen, Sarah Vasconcellos, Scott McNeeley, Steve Dignam, Tom Cable, and Ellen Cantor