In the Park, flocks of small passerines were flying everywhere; so many in fact it was hard to pick a group and sort through them! I decided to go to Meigs Point first for a bit of "Sound watching". At the end of the breakwater and on the two rocks just off the breakater, small groups of birds were roosting. At a distance it apperaed to me to be Sanderlings and a few Terns. When I set up my scope on the beginning of the wall, I immediately identified the two dozen Shorebirds as Sanderlings, Dunlins and a few Ruddy Turnstones. There were seven Terns present both on the rocks and the end of the breakwater: Forster's Terns. The birds were only slightly hidden by the swirling sea smoke.
Forster's Terns with Laughing Gulls
One of the three flocks of Brant flying by the outer breakwater. The exposed rock holds a single Double-crested Cormorant, and first cycle Herring Gull, a small flock of Sanderlings, Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstones and two Forster's Terns (one landing on the left)
Canada Geese were flying over the end of the Trail flying towards Clinton Harbor
Yellow-rumped Warblers were everywhere in the Park, these associating with House Finches.
......and this curious and ever watchful Mockingbird
At East Shore Park, we found the usual passerines: Kinglets, Song Sparrows, Yellow-rumped and a few Palm Warblers, and this beautiful Northern Parula Warbler.
.............and this startled Red Fox that may have been stalking the ducks along the shore.