Thursday, August 29, 2013

Nickerson Beach-Finale

Common tern flying along the beach in between photographers
This is the final blog about Nickerson Beach.  The blog will be mainly photographs of some of the other species of birds that we saw while we were there.  Because of the month that we were there, the common terns finished nesting, so there were no common tern chicks, just juvenile common terns.
Common tern in flight

Juvenile and Adult Common Tern

Juvenile Common Tern

Common Tern Flying with Fish in Its Mouth

There was not a lot of different species of shorebirds, mainly sandelings, with a few ruddy turnstones, and semipalmated plovers.  We did find however, a juvenile piping plover and juvenile least sandpipers, with their beautiful rufous coats.
Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Piping Plover

Piping Plover

Ruddy Turnstone



Semipalmated Plover

A Pair of Sandelings

There were the usual species of gulls, great black-backed gull, herring gull, ring-billed gull and laughing gulls.
Herring Gull, Feeding

Laughing Gull in Flight

Next year, I am planning to make at least two trips down to Nickerson Beach, one in July and one in August so I can capture the different stages of life on the beach.