|T and T|
We set out for the point to see what might be there. My last trip in the marsh had been in mid-day and had been rather sparse for wildlife sightings. Already, we were watching least and common terns and snowy and great egrets. There were more birds present than the other day.
I spotted a black bellied plover, but in short time this took us to a flock of 50+, something I've not seen before. I figure them to be in migration and if you don't find yourself in the marsh when they are, you don't know.
A swan was still on the first nest that we came upon with two cygnets at her side. But while I was looking elsewhere, T cried out that they had left the nest. It is quite likely their first swim as most waterfowl leave the nest for good as soon as they can. Once in the water they were well protected by both of the adults. Then, it started dumping rain.
As we continued clockwise around the marsh we started spotting yellow-crowned night herons. I just spotted my first of the season yesterday, so to find 8 or 10 on this trip was a bit of a surprise. Up in the Beaver Creek area we came across a flock of 50 glossy ibises. I've seen them in this spot before, but they disappear to their nests sometime soon and then I don't see them for the rest of the summer.
|yellow crowned night heron|