Got a couple on mon@rch
On the 8th of July, mon@rch was taking me home from a day of bird banding at the SWAT site. About five minutes after he took me home I got a phone call from my neighbors wanting to know if I would like to come with her to the mouth of the Cattaraugus Creek and Lake Erie to see a “bird”. She did not tell me what the bird was so I knew it would be good. Keep in mind this was about five minutes after mon@rch left. My neighbor picked me up at my house and brought me down to the lake to look at this “bird”. She has still not told me what it was and so we walked down to the beach. There was the “bird” wading on the shore.
I will admit at first that I was not sure what it was, but as soon as I opened the field guide, I remembered what it was. I did not even make it to the page that the bird was on and just screamed “AVOCET”. The proper name is the American Avocet and I immediately called mon@rch on his cell phone. Of course I got his voice mail and then called him when I got home after seeing this amazing bird. He said that “I should have called him” and of course I told him “check your voice mail”. He did and sure enough there was a message on his phone of me being extra happy about this bird.
Video of the American Avocet
Another bird that I have gotten in the past on mon@rch was a Ruddy Turnstone. This bird was with the same people that I saw with the American Avocet. The Turnstone was seen also by the Cattaraugus Creek and Lake Erie. The Turnstone is more commonly seen in the fall than the Avocet. This bird is one that many people have not heard of and has a large rusty color alone the side and the head and the whole back is white with a white breast. It’s named Turnstone because it flips rocks over to get its food.
Note from mon@rch: Young Naturalist J did everything with this posting . . . . wrote the text, took the photos and captured the videos all on his own. I only assisted him with a few minor things . . . . including layout of the post!!