The Westport beach area has restricted access for residents only and so was not
particularly overcrowded especially as the weather was not brilliant in the
early stages of our visit.
Herons were represented by the familiar Snowy and Great
Egrets, although a number of Black-crowned Night Herons were seen both loafing
on the mud and flying to roost and once a Green Heron was disturbed from where
it was feeding in a concealed creek.
Introduced Mute Swans graced the river outlet along with
small numbers of the expected Canada Geese and also, on the sea, rather larger
numbers of Light-bellied Brent Geese. These had gone by the last day of our
trip. Ducks were all Mallard except for one American Black Duck.
|Light-bellied Brent Geese in the mist |
with Mallard in the background
|American Black Duck|
There were a number of Ospreys loafing around on moored
boats and in the harbour area fishing Double-crested Cormorants.
We were disappointed that there were not more waders. We saw
American Oystercatcher, Greater Yellowlegs, Ruddy Turnstone, Spotted,
Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers and had a brief fly-over Killdeer, but that
|Greater Yellowlegs with a tasty morsel|
I was surprised to find that there were only Ring-billed and
American Herring Gulls at that time of year with a smattering of Great
Black-backed Gulls, New York isn’t that far away and Laughing Gulls are
abundant there; I also thought there may be some Bonaparte’s Gulls around, but
|American Herring Gull|
The only tern we identified for sure was Common although Cabot’s
were probable feeding in small groups often in poor viewing conditions off the
Crows were numerous, and after identifying one of each of
Fish and American by voice, they were largely ignored. We think the bird
feeding on an unfortunate Eurasian Starling is American and the other on the beach road a
Fish Crow, but we are not absolutely sure.
|American Crow eating Eurasian Starling|
Other than that not a huge amount was seen at the beach
areas, plenty of Song Sparrows and Red-winged Blackbirds and a single Seaside
Sparrow for good measure.
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