Wes Watkins field trip

Forster's TernsYesterday six of us visited Wes Watkins Reservoir. We first stopped at the end of Fishmarket Road on the south shore, where we saw these terns. In the field we thought they may be Common Terns (not expected this time of year), but after some study I believe they are Forster’s Terns. The primaries appear dark, but I think that’s because they haven’t yet molted into their new primaries. Later we went to the park on the north shore and saw a Spotted Sandpiper and some songbirds. Here’s a list for the day:

1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Canada Geese
1 immature Bald Eagle?
(Deane phoned this in as a Golden Eagle, but that would be very unlikely this time of year.)
several Turkey Vultures
20-30 American Coots
3 Killdeer
1 Spotted Sandpiper
many Franklin’s Gulls
13 Forster’s Terns
Mourning Doves
4 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 singing male Eastern Phoebe
1 singing male Great Crested Flycatcher
3 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
1 singing male White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jays
American Crows
2 swallows (my guess is 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow and 1 Tree Swallow)
3 Carolina Chickadees
2 Tufted Titmice
1 singing male Carolina Wren
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
4 Eastern Bluebirds
American Robins
2 singing male Northern Mockingbirds
many Cedar Waxwings
2 singing male Yellow Warblers
3 Yellow-rumped Warblers
Northern Cardinals
1 singing Chipping Sparrow
1 singing Lark Sparrow
2 male Brown-headed Cowbirds
1 singing male American Goldfinch

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