Coastal Areas


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White Ibises                                                                                   Photo by Lucind Hackney

Waders and shorebirds are the targets on these trips, which I only offer when the combination of tide, time of day and season coincide to produce good conditions for lots of species. Since tide heights between mangroves and beaches can vary by up to two hours, and different shorebirds and waders forage different areas of the coastal wetlands, we will move around in order to get the most variety of birds. We scout a day or two before our tours to know as well as possible what the conditions are and whether there are any rare or unexpected species around. Of course, one of the most enjoyable aspects of wildlife viewing is that animals are never completely predictable and it is an evolving treasure hunt. 



                                                 Reddish Egret                                                                                       Photo by Lucinda Hackney                                                                                                                                                                                          

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     Red Knots                                                                                                                                          Photo by Lucinda Hackney


                             We See About 55 Species Regularly Between October and April in Our Coastal Hot Spots

Common Loon, Horned Grebe, White Pelican, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Magnificent Frigatebird, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, Reddish Egret, Reddish Egret (White Morph), Green-Backed Heron, Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Black-Bellied Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson's Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Kildeer, Greater Yellow-Legs, Lesser Yellow-Legs, Willet, Spotted Sandpiper, Marbled Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, Short-Billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Ring-Billed Gull, Caspian Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Forster's Tern, Black Skimmer, Mourning Dove, Common Ground Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Western Kingbird, Fish Crow, Prairie Warbler, Northern Cardina

                     Additional Species We See Less Frequently and/or During Spring and Fall Migration in Coastal Areas

Northern Harrier, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, American Oystercatcher, American Avocet, Long-Billed Curlew, Black Tern, White-Crowned Pigeon, Gray Kingbird, Barn Swallows, Black-Whiskered Vireo, Purple Martin         



uired© CINDY HACKNEY 2012