Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day at Allens Pond

Least Tern
On Memorial Day there was supposed to be a beach ramble at Allens Pond, however, the people that signed up did not show up so we took a walk anyway.  While we will waiting to see if the people would show up, I was standing outside the field station when I heard a a trilling sound, which I recognized as coming from from a gray tree frog.  So I looked around and on an old sawhorse was the gray tree frog with its throat swollen, because that is how they sing.  As we were starting to walk down toward the beach a strange truck appeared.  It turns out that they were going to sprayed herbicide on the edge of the fields to control some invasive plants.
Gray Tree Frog

On the side of the path to the beach Rosa rugosa were blooming, they are nice flower, however, they are considered invasive. Rosa rugosa is a species of rose native to eastern Asia, in northeastern China, Japan, Korea and southeastern Siberia, where it grows on the coast, often on sand dunes.
Rosa rugosa

One of the piping plovers were running along feeding, while the other one was hidden on the nest.
Piping Plover

A pair of least terns have set up housekeeping again on the beach and we wish them well and hope they will produce a brood and that predators will not bother them.
Least Tern on Nest

What is interesting as you visit the beach is the changes that occur on the beach because of the actions of  the storms and waves, acting on the beach.  Earlier this year, the beach was mostly all sand and now it is loaded with the cobbles.
The Beach January 1
The Beach.  One Month Ago
The Beach on Memorial Day