Owner Ryan Schain

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Observations

  1. Number observed: 47

    Comments: Careful count of birds on the beach at the drop off point

  2. Number observed: 2

    Comments: South tip; males

  3. Number observed: 1

    Comments: just off the island from the boat; male

  4. Number observed: 9
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  5. Number observed: 2

    Comments: nearly absent

  6. Number observed: 47
  7. Number observed: 12
  8. Number observed: 4

    Comments: mixed in with dowitcher flocks in the grass just off the flats

  9. Number observed: 14

    Comments: 5 distantly on the flats; 9 flying towards south beach from Minimoy (?); no sign of the South American banded bird seen earlier by Audubon Group

  10. Number observed: 8
  11. Number observed: 4

    Comments: All alternate

  12. Number observed: 75

    Comments: *Interesting; on my second time walking the cut through from the drop off point to the flats, a LESA crossed in front of the path nearly at my feet. It's wings were open with the tips facing the ground, almost like a raptor mantling prey. It was making a diiii diiii diiii single note call and seemed to be hopping on one leg, as if it was unable to use the other. As it crossed it quickly went down into a wet area just off the trail, and after not seeing it for a second it crossed right back from the way it came, this time with no apparent "injury." Having never seen a distraction display from this species I can only speculate on what exactly the bird was doing, but that's certainly what it looked like. I waited at the spot for 45 minutes, and several more LESAs crossed the trail (in both directions) but all did so normally. This was about 100 yards in on the center trail from the big blue sign where outermost ferry drops off passengers.

  13. Number observed: 2

    Comments: - - mixed in with a small turnstone flock

  14. Number observed: 275
  15. Number observed: 1

    Comments: probable hendersoni but only seen poorly as a flyby

  16. Number observed: 1238

    Comments: *sum of all carefully counted flocks; modest numbers around low tide, and 800+ more in the same location two hours after low tide;

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  17. Number observed: 17
  18. Number observed: 39
  19. Number observed: 2
  20. Number observed: 12
  21. Number observed: 2

    Comments: southern tip, snazzy breeding plumage

  22. Number observed: 320

    Comments: many fledglings on the beach

  23. Number observed: 380

    Comments: Mostly adults with a few fledglings mixed in. One adult was feeding on what looked like a freshly killed immature HERG; photos

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  24. Number observed: 10
  25. Number observed: 1

    Comments: landed at the tip with 4 COTE for all of 30 seconds

  26. Number observed: 19

    Comments: very few terns in general

  27. Number observed: 2

    Comments: *Local; 1 flew directly over the island and by the time I got a scope on it it was 3/4 of the way to Minimoy and skimming, where I lost sight of it ; the second flew in from the direction of Morris Island by the drop off area; where it circled around the dunes for awhile before heading towards South Beach; photo

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  28. Number observed: 139

    Comments: careful count

  29. Number observed: 6
  30. Number observed: 47

    Comments: *careful count; impressive numbers in the taller grass

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  31. Number observed: 1

    Comments: **Very rare; very distantly scoped adult (?) mixed with a few GREG and many SNEG about 200 yards into the off-limits area off the main trail; later seen making short flight with 3 SNEG, still in the center of the island; probably the same bird that has been occasionally at Forest Beach; distant photo

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  32. Number observed: 7

    Comments: only 1 adult; most randomly putting up and down around the center of the island

  33. Number observed: 1

    Comments: scoped flying over Morris Island

  34. Number observed: 2

    Comments: northbound flyovers towards Morris Island (from South Monomoy?)

  35. Number observed: 12

    Comments: Carerful count

  36. Number observed: 34

    Comments: Surprised at the numbers of these guys swirling around. Is there a colony on the island somewhere?

  37. Number observed: 8

    Comments: Careful count, mixed swallow flock

  38. Number observed: 28

    Comments: *Careful count; the taller grasses in the wetter areas towards the middle of the island are absolutely littered with these birds, with several elsewhere as well; each scan from the flats on the western side of the island had 3-5 birds in flight; likely a very low count; several seen carrying food, and one possible nest seen; at least one appeared to be a recently fledged bird but I didn't see it well; many photos

    Breeding Code: CF Carrying Food (Confirmed)
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  39. Number observed: 4

    Comments: Singing males at a few locations, most around the main trail to the flats

  40. Number observed: 2

    Comments: singing males

  41. Number observed: 53

    Comments: dense along main trail, but could not confirm breeding (although they surely are); at one point a night heron landed and flushed 30+; Several territorial males dive-bombed me along the main trail as well

    Breeding Code: A Agitated Behavior (Probable)
  42. Number observed: 3

    Comments: northbound flyovers (from South Monomoy??)

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