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Checklist S19963372

 
Location
Grand Bay NWR/NERR, Jackson County, Mississippi, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:00 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
3 hour(s), 45 minute(s)
Distance:
5.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Mark Woodrey
Comments:
Habitats visited included shell midden, sand/mud flats, brackish bayou, and open water bay.
Species
42 species (+1 other taxa) total
7
Mottled Duck
36
Clapper Rail
2
Black-necked Stilt
1
American Avocet
18
American Oystercatcher
6
Black-bellied Plover
1
Semipalmated Plover
8
Ruddy Turnstone
14
Sanderling
1
Dunlin
60
Least Sandpiper
13
Western Sandpiper
80
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher

Birds were observed at a great distance so could not definitively identify this group of dowitchers. I addition, most of the birds were in a sleeping posture (i.e., roosting at high tide) with heads tucked into their back feathers

22
Willet
37
Laughing Gull
1
Gull-billed Tern

Heard this bird calling as it flew over at about 10 meters. Upon looking up, I observed a medium sized tern with white underparts, gray wings above, distinct black cap with heavy black, gull-like bill.

12
Caspian Tern
17
Forster's Tern
23
Royal Tern
35
Black Skimmer
8
Double-crested Cormorant
94
American White Pelican
85
Brown Pelican
12
Great Blue Heron
20
Great Egret
9
Snowy Egret
11
Tricolored Heron
2
Reddish Egret
5
Black-crowned Night-Heron
5
White Ibis
6
Osprey
2
Bald Eagle
3
Belted Kingfisher
1
Merlin
8
Barn Swallow
13
Marsh Wren

I initially heard several individuals while pishing for marsh birds and followed-up by observing each individual bird. They were mostly associated with several patches of Spartina alterniflora-dominated salt marsh habitats. All individuals were observed at less than 10 meters with 8.5 x 42 binoculars.

31
Seaside Sparrow
2
Nelson's Sparrow
37
Red-winged Blackbird
8
Common Yellowthroat
1
Yellow Warbler
3
Palm Warbler
2
Prairie Warbler
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes