Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Plymouth Beach

Here it's looking at you
Here is the second part about my morning at Plymouth Beach.  There were a number of youngsters (bird variety, not human) seen, including common tern, piping plover and a first laughing gull.  Both the common tern chicks and the piping plover chicks were moving around, but still under the watchful eye of an adult.  The laughing gull adult was very protective of her chick and kept the chick close to her and didn't let it go wandering.
We want food

Skipping along

Laughing gull and chick

There were many chances for birds in flight.  The terns were flying back and forth bringing food, either to their mate or to their young ones.  One adult tern took a dislike to one of the group at kept attacking him.
Common tern with fish

The angry young man

In dawn's early light
Black skimmer landing

Walking back to where we were to meet the boat, which will return us to the mainland, my friend Dan and I saw a bird which we could not identified.  The next day all ornithologist friend told Dan, who told me it was a juvenile horned lark.  I had searched my Stokes field guide to the birds and had thought it may have been a thrush, but, after finding out that it was a horned lark and checking out Stokes, the pictures matched.  That is one advantage of the Stokes field guide is that it has multiple pictures of the species showing adults, juveniles, summer and winter plumage and different age of birds.
Horned lark juvenile

Horned lark juvenile

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