Survey wk 6: GBB Tu, June 6th, 2006

Today I was @ GBB WMA from 11:45am until about 3:00pm. Late this morning and into this afternoon it was cloudy, overcast and had periods of light rain early on. It was fairly windy with Winds E-NE. The winds stayed steady with occasional stronger gusts. Little Sheepshead Creek HT 4:32am & 5:18pm, LT 11:15am. Shooting Thorofare HT 4:18am & 5:04pm, LT 10:53pm.

Today being the last (?) week of spring shorebird surveys and knowing the few shorebirds I did see today, I wish I had made last week's survey so I could compare weeks 4, 5 & 6 but so it goes. Today the number of Diamondback Terrapins was close to the number of shorebirds I saw and chances are there were plenty more turtles to see!


Today's birds consisted of Willets for the most part. I did see a total of 2 SPS, 1 BBP, 1 SPP & 3 AO's. 2 of the AO's were roosting in the marshes by the Rutger's Marine Research Station (near the big tower). I remember seeing them roost there last year around this time. The other AO was out on the SE end of GBB @ water's edge, a common spot as well for AO's @ GBB. Other birds seen were a Green Heron, Savannah Sparrows, Seaside Sparrows, Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows, a Least Tern, A Gull-Billed Tern & a Forster's Tern.

June 6th Photo Album