Yesterday the overnight radar looked pretty good for passerines moving and for once the birds on the ground agreed with the radar. I looped Tiscornia a couple times trying to find Ammodramids without luck. A female Purple Finch teed up nicely though as I was sorting through a mix of White-throated and Song Sparrows, the first time I've photographed one at Tiscornia.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Still with a some back-logged pics from the summer trip to Virginia that I haven't posted.
Sandwich Tern is always a fun bird to see. I don't think I've ever been at a place where they're the most common tern, and probably haven't seen them more than a handful of times in my life.
Honestly I thought at least a couple of them were Forster's with the naked eye; their flight was much more like a medium sized tern than something in the Caspian/Royal class.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
It was a good morning for plovers, with 3 Black-bellied and a young Golden Plover all at Tiscornia. They spent most of their time on South Pier, but eventually they were flushed by pier walkers enough to come land in nice morning light on the beach.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Not sure how I've gone 2 weeks without getting some pics up; there've been some decent birds along the pier. Red Knot, Stilt Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sand, and Black-bellied Plover have all been around. While the Buffy and the Stilt Sand were very brief, the knot and the plover have been hanging out.
I finally caught the knot in good light yesterday.
They have a kind of dumpy silhouette, I'm a little surprised they're still in Calidris with all the peeps.
The young Black-bellied Plover has been around for a few days (though there may be a few). In some lights it looks pretty buffy and I think was ebirded at least once yesterday as a Golden.
Monday, August 31, 2020
I recently read Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. It has a lot to say about how trust can overcome the seeming juxtaposition between not losing independence but maintaining a relationship. It's set in 1970's coastal North Carolina, and the author (a zoologist) uses a lot nature in the book's imagery and setting, and does it in a way that generally rings true. It's one of the better books that I've read and I'd definitely recommend it.
What's the connection between the book and today's pics? In the book the main character enjoys feeding her resident herring gulls and a couple times the author describes the young herring gulls pecking the red spot on the gony angle of the adults to induce them to cough up some fish. This morning at Tiscornia there was an adult with not one but two juvies working away at this process.
It would start with the youngsters sidling up giving begging calls with heads lowered.
This second year bird was drawing its ire a fair bit by wandering over.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
I led a BBC field trip today, I think the first time I'd led one here. It ... was windy!
There were a couple of young Semi plovers in the inner harbor, but a kiteboarder sent them to the other side of the harbor. A juvie Bonaparte's sat down on the beach. Unfortunately it left before some of the group arrived.