Blakeley Delta Explorer Birding Trip January 18, 2017 (AESB)

We had 47 birders join us for the birding Cruise out of Blakeley Historic State Park on January 18, 2017.  Amazingly everyone was there and on the boat EARLY.  Our Captain, Steve and his mate, Richard were so helpful and fun too!  Mike Bunn, our contact with the park and the one who made plans for our lunch at the Blue Gill was likewise most cooperative.

In spite of fog we were able to spot birds on the ride south.   The birds were in the area between the Causeway and Bayway.  Shortly after entering that area we spotted the ducks through the fog which definitely made spotting difficult. Later we pulled up on a flat and found numerous species of shorebirds.

In spite of the fog we had a total of 46 species including those seen on the Boardwalk at the park.  We had a nice lunch at the Blue Gill served by a most efficient staff.  As we were pulling away from the dock, after lunch, we were hailed down by a waitress. Captain Steve talked our way out of having “walked the check” and we proceeded on our way to bird another 30 minutes before returning to Blakeley.


GADWALL
NORTHERN SHOVELER
REDHEAD
LESSER SCAUP
BUFFELHEAD
HOODED MERGANSER
PIED-BILLED GREBE
DOUBLE-CRESTED COMORANT
BROWN PELICAN
GREAT BLUE HERON
GREAT EGRET
SNOWY EGRET
LITTLE BLUE HERON
TRICOLORED HERON
REDDISH EGRET
WHITE IBIS
TURKEY VULTURE
OSPREY
BALD EAGLE
NORTHERN HARRIER
RED-TAILED HAWK (KRIDERS)
AMERICAN KESTRETL
AMERICAN COOT
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
KILDEER
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
WILLET
SANDERLING
WESTERN SANDPIPER
DUNLIN
LAUGHING GULL
RING-BILLED GULL
HERRING GULL
BELTED KINGFISHER
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER
EASTERN PHOEBE
WHITE-EYED VIREO
BLUE-HEADED VIREO
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH
BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
AMERICAN ROBIN
YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER
RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD
BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE