I went back to my home state last week for a family reunion. We converged on the family's historical summer hangout.
Adult Piping Plover. In their rather worn plumage I could not tell male from female. The biologist knew by the colored leg bands. They thought the male had left the area, I found him still on the site. That was great news to the folks watching them, I can't recall if this was the male or not. I think it was the female.
One of the three Piping Plover chicks on beach.
Ruddy Turnstone were easy to find.
A flock of about 6 American Oystercatchers were on the beach.
I could not tell if this was a juvenile Forster's Tern or Common Tern. The dark carpal bar, look of an all dark cap, and dark wings had me go with Common.
A variety of hudsonia, they bloom yellow earlier in the year.
This Willet was silent, so I could not determine if it was a Western Willet for sure or not. It looked large, long billed and slender.
The next twelve photos are all of Semipalmated Sandpipers, a very common bird this past week for me. However a hard bird to study on the west coast.
Least in the background.
On my last day of the trip I visited the second most famous birding area in the state. My favorite birding spot of all time. Below is a photo of the loop road and one of its iconic towers. It is wise to stay near your car on this loop , the Greenhead Flies are just plain nasty and I swear it feels as if they take chunks of skin when they bite.
When I was a kid, this city across the bay was a bit rundown and best known for it's streets being used in a board game. For the last few decades gambling has brought in big hotels and not much else to this coastal city.
This Willet seems to have the shorter bill more common to the Eastern Willet.
Lots of terns to study. Most are Forster's.
This one flew when I got out of the car to get a closer look, Gull-billed Tern.
Hibiscus in the background, Glossy Ibis in the middle.
Osprey are doing well here, I did not count the number of nests I saw and successful young birds being raised , but I would guess I saw more than 20 Osprey.
Family of Clapper Rail, gray edges of brown back feathers.
Black Skimmers and Laughing Gulls chilling on the mud flats.
So what two spots did I visit? Thanks for visiting !