Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tuesday's Bird Walk

We started the walk finding this poor lost dog perched on the post
Today's blog is a summation of the bird walk that I did on Tuesday, with some photographs of items that I found interesting.  We observed 48 different species of birds and a 3 1/2 hour, walking 3.6 miles.  We started out at 7 o'clock trying to beat the heat and long as we were exposed to the ocean, there was a slight cool breeze, but otherwise, since the wind was coming from the north and over the land, it became very warm.  The previous two blogs did show a couple of the items that we found on the walk.
This young cottontail rabbit, pop, just in front of us, and I waited to take its picture until its ears were illuminated by the sun
We stopped by the pannes hoping to catch a sight of the King Rail, which did not appear or call for us.  However, the tree swallows were swarming all around the nest boxes
There were many sandelings, feeding, along the beach

The whimbrils had arrived and we had a total of five on the beach
Adult and Juvenile Common Terns

Common Tern flying along the water looking for fish
This next series of pictures is a piping plover chick feeding on a worm.
Piping Plover Chick

Piping Plover Chick

Piping Plover Chick

Piping Plover Chick

Piping Plover Chick
A wedge of mute swans flying over
  
Piping Plover Fledgling
We observed 33 piping plovers, ranging from adults two chicks.  Near the end of little beach in the flats at one time.  We had 15 different piping plovers present.

Abstract in the Sand

Spotted Joe-Pye Weed -Eupatoriadelphus maculatus