Friday, September 5, 2014

World Shorebird Day

September 6 is World Shorebird Day .  Counting actually can be done September fifth, sixth or seventh. I counted today because I will be out on the Atlantic ocean for two different trips on the sixth and seventh.  I had selected the beach loop at Allens Pond for the location where I would count.

Shorebird wise, there were not a lot of different species and a number of shorebirds, which is flying overhead.  There were a number of shorebirds feeding up and down the shoreline, so I just sat myself down with my big lens in front of me and waited till the shorebirds came to me.  This way, instead of me chasing them, and the shorebirds flying off.  I had a better chance at photographing.  There were a number of semipalmated plovers, in fact, one of them walked up to within 3 feet of me and stared right at me.

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover, Looking at Me

The main bird feeding on the shore were sandelings, most of them were juvenile and they could be distinguished from the few adults by their nice clean feathers.

Sandeling Hiding in the Wrack Line
Sandeling Adult Changing into Winter Plumage
Juvenile Sandeling With Food in Its Mouth
Walking back to the field station, by the culvert a green Heron jumped up and then posed on a branch allowing some great pictures.

Green Heron
There is still time for you to participate in the world shorebird count you can join at this site

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