Fort Smallwood on Sunday
Mon, 27 Aug 2007 18:12:12 -0400
Had a lovely afternoon at Fort Smallwood, AA County, on Sunday 8/26 from roughly 3:30pm-6:30pm with Lisa, my 15-year-old son Adam and Ross Geredien. After a slow start, the four of us did quite well....
The central pond held more egrets and herons than I have ever seen, including:
_ Tricolored Heron, still present.
_ At least 2 immature Little Blue Herons, and 1 adult Little Blue.
_ 2-3 Snowy Egrets
_ Roughly 20 Great Egrets
_ several Great Blue Heron
Along the beach we had:
_ A half-dozen Forster's Terns in non-breeding plumage
_ At least 2 Caspian Terns, including one calling.
_ Possible, but unconfirmed Royal Tern
_ 4 gull species: GBBG, American Herring, Laughing and Ring-Billed
_ 3 Killdeer, including 1 immature, in parking lot near the water
_ Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
_ American Redstart
_ Male Baltimore Oriole, great looks, still in very bright plumage. The star of the day!
_ Gray Catbird heard.
Other misc species included Osprey still at nest, American Black Duck, one Ruby-Throated Hummer, Spotted Sandpiper and Chipping Sparrow. Total species count was 40, including 2 lifers (Caspian Tern and Tricolored Heron) for young Adam.
Warren & Lisa Strobel