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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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