Friday, August 12, 2011

Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge

In my last blog I posted about the Sachuest Salt Marsh and the lovely show that the snowy egret put on.
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Greater Yellow legs
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Semipalmated Plover
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Semipalmated sandpiper
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Ring-bill Gull juvenile
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Laughing Gull juvenile
That was not only the only bird and other objects that I photographed. On the marsh itself there were shorebirds including greater yellowlegs, semi-palmated plover, and semi-palmated Sandpiper present. Among the goals that were present was juvenile laughing gulls and ring-billed gulls. A Mockingbird kept hanging around and love to poles on a fence post.Sachuest 8-11 D7K_2722 August 11, 2011 NIKON D7000
In the air an Osprey flew over with a very large fish in its claws. Sachuest 8-11 Osprey with FishD7K_2738 August 11, 2011 NIKON D7000There appear to be a person parachuting over the water, but as they grew closer they were using an ultralight powered parachute Sachuest 8-11 D7K_2939 August 11, 2011 NIKON D7000which allowed the person complete mobility.
Early in the morning when we arrived there was some fog across the water which gave interesting views to the architecture that was there. You are going to have to wait for the next blog to see what it was that we saw.
After leaving the salt marsh we went up to the main refuge where we walked around and went down to Flint Rocks. We met some tourists there and spent some time discussing the migratory habits of the monarchs. Sachuest 8-11 D7K_2975 August 11, 2011 NIKON D7000There were other butterflies present including least skipper's, cabbage whites, sulphas and one butterfly that we were not sure whether it was a comma of a question mark? Thank goodness for the camera and digital. When I looked at the picture on the computer,Sachuest 8-11 Question MarkD7K_2947 August 11, 2011 NIKON D7000 I was able to tell that this was a question mark and not a comma.
There were a number of songbirds present who decided that they were not going to have their picture taken by the paparazzi. However, a young cedar waxwingSachuest 8-11 Cedar WaxwingD7K_2982 August 11, 2011 NIKON D7000 was happy to poles on top of the tree for me.
We finished the day would've total of 44 different species of birds that were identified, of course they were some LBJs (Little Brown Jobs).
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Scenic from lookout
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Plants on Marsh
Sachuest 8-11 Morning Glory with Wasp D7K_2950 August 11, 2011 NIKON D7000
Morning Glory with Wasp

Until next blog which will show you what was seen in the fog, enjoy.