Final October/fall shorebird survey

Monday, Oct. 29th, 2007 I ventured out to GBB WMA for a final fall survey. The weather was nice, sunny, blue skies everywhere, breeze from the NNW and temp's in the mid 60's. I was out surveying from 1:45pm til 5:15pm.

I'm not sure if numbers are down for Great Bay Blvd. this year since I was unable to do the spring survey & have only been out for the fall survey 2x's in Sept. and 1x in Oct. However on Monday I had good numbers for GBB. These numbers are small for those who survey populated areas but in my experience of surveying GBB since 2004, Monday held a good amount of birds for GBB. Totals in 3.5 hrs for 10 different areas along GBB included: 12 BBP; a group of 43 SBD; 244 Dunlin (1 group was 178, another group was 52, the rest in smaller #'s); 37 LYL and 5 SPP.

Of other note there were small groups of brant in the marsh pools & in the thorofare along the bay beach at the end of GBB. I also saw what I think to be a Henlow's Sparrow. Sparrows and other Passerines could be seen dashing in and out of the roadside thickets along the entire GBB drive.

A Flash slideshow or photo album will be up soon.