Friday, March 30, 2012

Assateague Island National Seashore

On March 21st and 22nd we arrived at Assateague and within fifteen minutes we saw some wild horses! It was pretty foggy and overcast the next day but we got out and saw some Common Loons, Fish Crows, Boat-tailed Grackle, Little Blue Heron, Sanderlings, and Northern Gannet.

The Northern Gannet was quiet a nice surprise! We had walked down to the beach; always with our cameras in hand, and caught sight of something different flying out over the ocean. At first I thought it was an Albatross but we got back to our camp site and I quickly went to work on looking our bird up. It certainly wasn't an Albatross but a Northern Gannet was just as good! Our first Pelagic bird without the cost of a Pelagic tour!!

Northern Gannet
Boat-tailed Grackle
There was lots of Boat-tailed Grackles and Fish Crows around the camping area. We went out on the kayak and got one along the shoreline. Then we headed for a few of there nature walks and there we spotted some Yellow-rumped Warblers and Great Black-backed Gulls.

While at our camp site a couple horses came strolling through.

Common Loon

Great Black-backed Gull


We only got 6 new year birds there but had a very good time camping in the tent. That added fifty-five dollars for camping and another fifty dollars for gas to our Big Year cost.

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