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29 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

I'm pleasantly surprised that I saw this many species here in the middle of the afternoon on a 90° day! 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S143576015

Man, we've got dueling Black-bellied flyovers!  I did a double-take on yours, thinking I'd opened my own checklist by mistake!

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Awesome day with two lifers, both of which I was targeting.

I got my Black-tern lifer here.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S143907792

This was my first time at this spot, and I'll have to come back.  Normally, I'd stick around longer, walk farther, and get more species, but I had another lifer to chase, and the longer I stayed, the more I increased the chances of getting rained out, so I took a pretty short checklist for this type of place, and headed over here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S143942424

Where I got my Blue-crowned Parakeet lifer.

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39 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

Awesome day with two lifers, both of which I was targeting.

I got my Black-tern lifer here.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S143907792

This was my first time at this spot, and I'll have to come back.  Normally, I'd stick around longer, walk farther, and get more species, but I had another lifer to chase, and the longer I stayed, the more I increased the chances of getting rained out, so I took a pretty short checklist for this type of place, and headed over here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S143942424

Where I got my Blue-crowned Parakeet lifer.

There are no black terns in your photos. Those are shorebirds, maybe least sandpipers? 

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3 hours ago, IKLland said:

There are no black terns in your photos. Those are shorebirds, maybe least sandpipers? 

Local Guru agrees with Least Sandpipers, citing the brown head and chest with short, thin, decurved bill.

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I had been planning on chasing the Black Tern again today, but I spoke with one of our best birders about it, and he told me that I'd have better chances later in the year, so I slept late and took a light day at the refuge.

The area between the parking lot and the boardwalk hotspot is a different hotspot, and I usually do some birding on my way there.  Just a quick stop.  I did manage to get some good audio (my first) of a Swallow-tailed Kite or Kites.  It really freaks me out that their call sounds to me exactly like a Black-bellied Whistling Duck call.  I was actually looking up in the sky for the ducks to fly over when I saw the Kites.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S144045913

Quick walk on the boardwalk.  Normal, slow birding for this time of day in the heat.  Can somebody please verify that there are indeed two Carolina Wrens participating in a "call and response" routine in the audio that I've added.  I've heard this frequently on the boardwalk, but always from opposite sides, so, in those instances, I've always reported two birds.  Today, the call or calls were coming from one side.  With the layout and how sound travels, I'm unable to guess if the sounds were coming from the exact area.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S144051102

Good number of species, considering it was 93° F and the middle of the day when I started.  I like uploading more photos from this place, but I didn't have anything else worthy of sharing.  I only uploaded the bad photo of the Least Tern, as it was a hotspot lifer.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S144062244

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