Thursday, August 1, 2013

Some of the Findings on Our Gooseberry Walk

Yellow Warbler in Rosa Ruguso
Now that I did my rant about the trash on Gooseberry, here are some of the pictures that I obtained during our walk.  The day was bright and sunny, with a cool breeze.  It started out in the high 60s and then ended up in the low 80s.  We saw about 40 different species of birds, many were on the wing, and migrating.  In fact, starting at sunrise, there has been a lot of different species of birds flying in from over the water.  The birds that landed were nervous and flighty, so it was hard to get pictures of many of them.  At one point, in the wrack, there were a number of Ruddy Turnstones, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover and Some Sandelings.  Ospreys were flying overhead.  The blackberries was starting to turn.  Japanese honeysuckle, which is an invasive plant, was still in bloom.  As we were leaving down the Causeway, on the left out by the large rock, was a male black scoter and some common eiders, including a partially luestic eider, which at first glance thought maybe an immature king eider, but after looking at its picture on the computer, confirmed that was a common eider.

Robin with prey in its beak

Carolina Locust blends in well with the rock

Partial Luestic Common Eider

Herring Gull

Spotted Sandpiper

Ruddy Turnstone in the wrack

Balanced Rock Art

Japanese Honeysuckle  an invasive plant, but is pretty

Willet

Yellow Warbler