Saturday, February 11, 2017

Brigantine Island 2/11--American Oystercatcher, Willet

Very distant American Oystercatchers, south cove,
Brigantine Island
Brig, as the birders call it, is short for Brigantine, since officially that section of the huge Forsythe NWR is called the Brigantine Unit, named for the nearby island just north of Atlantic City. It was there, after a quick stop at Absecon Creek, that we next headed. The cove can be a good spot in winter for shorebirds--there are sometimes large flocks of Marbled Godwits on the mud flats. There were no godwits there today, but we did find a number of American Oystercatchers in various spots on the southern part of the island, as well as a good flock of Willets of the western sub-species that winter on the east coast.

I was sorry Shari wasn't with us to see the oystercatchers, her favorite bird, but there is plenty of time left for her to see them and in more pleasant weather conditions. The willets are always good to get on the list in NJ as eventually they will be split from their eastern cousins (who are all way down south now) and I'll get an armchair bird. The rest of what we saw down there had already been viewed in the Brig impoundments.

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