After departing at 9:00 am we arrived at the Edwin B. Forsythe NWR around 2:00 pm. to bird until sunset. We tallied 35 species of birds with 12 of those being ducks. The highlight of the day was an American Bittern, which was my 200th lifer. This was probably the best bird for number 200 that I could think of. The bittern presented awesome photo opportunities as well and gave me a long look at it as well. Other highlights included Black-crowned Night-Heron, American Avocet, Black-bellied Plover, and Brant.
|male Surf Scoter|
|front: White-winged Scoter; back: Surf Scoter|
|Little Blue Heron|