Early Morning Bird Trips

Shorebirds and Seabirds at the Mouth of the St. Johns River

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 27-29 July 2011, ca. 06:00 - 08:30

Vans will leave from the Newman Street entrance of the Hyatt at approximately 06:00. Cost: $10. (Advance registration for the bird walks is required. Van seating is limited.)

Please complete the Field Trip Release Form (http://www.birdmeetings.org/aou2011/files/ aou2011-fieldtrip_form.pdf ) and bring it with you when participating in AOU 2011 field trips.

Late July marks the beginning of shorebird migration in Florida, and one of the premier sites for shorebirds in Florida is Huguenot Memorial State Park, at the mouth of the St. Johns River, just north of Jacksonville. Rarities recorded here include Greater Sand-Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit. Most early migrants are adults still in alternate plumage. Reddish Egrets, various tern species, and seabirds are also possible. Wilson’s Plovers and Least Terns nest on the sand and mud flats. Breeding by a large colony of Laughing Gulls and Royal Terns may still be active at Huguenot at the time of the meeting. A side trip, time permitting, will visit the nearby Kingsley Plantation where Painted Buntings breed.