Trip Leader: 5/22/2010
Date of Trip: Saturday, May 22, 2010
Location: Hot Spots for Red Knots
Details: The Howard County contingent of seven arrived at Prime Hook NWR visitor center at 8:30, where we met the Conservation Chair of the DelMarVa Ornithological Society Bill Stewart. We were soon joined by the Montgomery group led by Cyndie Loeper.
Number on trip: 7
(Numbers of individuals are shown if they were recorded.)
Our first stop was Broadkill Marsh, which was pretty empty, except for some very distant shorebirds. From there we went to Fowler Beach, which had numerous shorebirds, including Red Knots. It also offered spectacular looks a Least Terns, and perhaps best of all, some stunning looks, and photos, of Clapper Rails. Plus the only American Oystercatcher of the trip. Alas, we learned to our dismay that Mispillion Harbor/DuPont Nature Center was hosting a festival, and we'd have to park far away and catch a shuttle. We opted to avoid that, and learned later that the Baltimore Bird Club saw a mere three Red Knots there. We then visited Ted Harvey Wildlife Management Area. The north impoundment proved to virtually devoid of interest. We, however, found many shorebirds on the beach, to include several thousand Red Knots up the beach at quite some distance. They eventually flushed, and then were obscured by blowing mist off the river. On the way back, a Least Bittern was glimpsed by a few. The last stop was Bombay Hook, where we enjoyed some good looks at Black-necked Stilts and American Avocets in breeding plumage at Raymond Pool. Shearness hosted a large number of Glossy Ibis, and two lucky folks glimpsed yet another Least Bittern. Bear Swamp held the usual Black-crowned Night Herons, including one juvenile that posed very nicely.