This was not a walk but a “watch.” Summer birding is generally slow and hot but Turtle Cove can often be exciting. Only a handful of us met at Rodman’s Neck and we walked over to the bridge and waited. We chatted and observed finding nesting Marsh Wrens, Clapper Rails, Forester’s Terns diving, an Osprey or two, several Black-crowned Night Herons, Snowy and Great Egrets, Double-crested Cormorants, Red-winged Blackbirds and a bunch of Killdeer. This was a short event but we saw quite a bit, noting several birds of each species.

Pete and Cathy paused for a photo on the way out. By 10:30 the sun was beginning to get to us. The mosquitoes left us alone and it was a very pleasant morning.

“Sing to me”, these tiny Marsh Wrens sang for us all morning. Their nest was nearby.

At one point this Clapper Rail became vocal too. Three adults and three chicks have been seen.

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Turtle Cove “Watch”

June 26, 2011

8:30 AM