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Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 29, 2012

Birding The Richmond Bay Trail 12/29/12

I was back on the Bay Trail again between Pt. Isabel and Shimada Friendship Park. It was very different from any earlier trip. Between the rain and arriving just after a relatively high tide, much more of the Stege Marsh was underwater than usual.

The bird of the day was finally getting to see a Clapper Rail. Although this area is known for having them, it was my first sighting and a new life list bird for me. Other highlights were getting good looks a White-tailed Kite, seeing many Green-winged Teal, my first sighting of Canvasback and American Robin (Robin is actually considered rare according to the Eastshore park check list) at this site, seeing nine Snowy Egrets in one spot and seeing a lot less coots than usual. I was able to identify 43 birds today ( don’t ask me which dowitcher).

To see my list from today Bay Trail Bird List 12/29/12.

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