Checklist S59695005

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Owner Mike Fahay

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Area: 110.0 ac

Surveyed main beach area behind the string (gull roost), pool/lagoon, Baird's Corner area over to New Dune Beach, Seawall Side exposed damp sand. Flooding, reaching High Tide. Few shorebirds, 1 peregrine attack. I later saw several aggregations of peeps "upsteam" (Green Pt., Parker Head) while tide still very high. I believe what's going on down here is that the 3 (at least) falcons are keeping shorebirds away from here, and they are instead roosting either offshore rocks or "upstream". Squally morning, SW wind 10-15; mostly dark and cloudy, few peeks of sun. Very few people on the beach until around noon. N.B. After reviewer's comments 9-19-19, changed ID to Gull-billed Tern. Also added 5 photos of low res, poor quality shots taken 9-11-19. I'm still not 100% convinced of ID. Bill does not look stubby enough for GBTern to my eye. I also observed tern flying away from me (no photos) and wings looked wide and blank of detail to me, but photos bely that impression.


  1. Number observed: X

    Comments: large raft inside Fox No 2 I.

  2. Number observed: 12

    Comments: stragglers in pool

  3. Number observed: 0

    Comments: none seen

  4. Number observed: 65

    Comments: mostly swirling around from point to point; mainly Seawall side - mostly uncounted

  5. Number observed: 9

    Comments: edges of pool and on dry sandbar - returned after a strafing run by 1 peregrine

  6. Number observed: 146

    Comments: actual count of gulls in 2 bunches - central beach and New Dune Beach

  7. Number observed: 3

    Comments: possibly 5 total; photo'd three separately in mass of gulls in central beach area; photo'd 1 flying into pool; photo'd 2 distant on Seawall side after they flew there from separate flock near new dune beach. I saw no interchange of gulls between these various flocks. After photos of 2 on Seawall side, I returned to central beach flock and found 1 LessBack to photo. Most parsimonious to count 3, but possibly 5 total - all adult plumage. Will add photos (not nearly as spectacular as those Glenn got yesterday. )

  8. Number observed: 206

    Comments: actual count of gulls in central beach area plus separate flock near New Dune Beach - mostly sleeping, few standing

  9. Number observed: 1

    Comments: solo bird flew E to W over pool, crossed by near me, flew over to mouth of Morse R, then disappeared up the river into the salt marsh. Poor photos in dark light and low battery power. Supposed "hook" at tip of bill is prob veg piece or prey.

  10. Number observed: 1
  11. Number observed: 1

    Comments: from perch in pines, swooped down very low across the pool, then higher and flew far out to sea, then around the back of Fox No. 2 I.

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