I skipped breakfast, and opted for my bike to Breezy Point Tip, just across the Gil Hodges Bridge in Queens. Biking was a good option as this summer town can be not very open to cars without specific permits or those not residents. So, without a hitch, I made it and had a lovely, peaceful walk among birds.
|Lots of shorebirds dotted the shoreline. Most were sanderling- but in the mix were a few semipalmated plovers.|
|I love plovers, I am always happy to see them.|
|A banded American oystercatcher- there were quite a few, and even some sitting (maybe on nests?). Wish I could get a better read on the band to learn where this animal was first encountered.|
|The best, least tern.|
The smallest tern in North America, and possibly the cutest! There were quite a few of these birds, squabbling over the catch another was bringing in from the water.
|One of many sanderling. They were looking quite smart in their breeding plumage, a stark difference from their winter look.|
|Another semipalmated plover prowling the sand for snacks.|
I wonder what a birds eye view of the world is truly like-- if you're smaller is it easier to see smaller things that us behemoths usually overlook? How small of things can a little bird see?
These are the things I wonder.
|Is it... could it be.... IT IS!|
|Who has a heck of a mouth on them!|
|The bill is not all black- there is a base of pink.|
|Also, what a chunker!|
This birds legs are a brighter pink, while the lesser has a dull flesh color to their legs. Also, not smudgy and brown throughout, as the other bird was. This is a first winter great black-backed gull.
|Lucky shot- captured this willet as it flew past down the shoreline.|
|An unexpected duck, a white-winged scoter!|
This bird was just cruising along in the surf- more used to seeing these birds in the winter, less so in the summer.
|A semipalmated sandpiper foraging near some tide pools. Again, only a handful of these among the sanderlings.|
|Terns! Common terns hanging out at the tip of Breezy,|
|You know when you're near a group of common terns, they are noisy!|
Everyone has something to say!
|A fledged bird with presumably its parent.|
|The parents still go after you for going near their fledglings, as I learned on my kayak today as I paddled past a juvenile bird on some pilings, later today.|
|An American Oystercatcher and its brood.|
|SO much cute.|
|Another gorgeous piping plover. You really don't see them if you are not looking for them. I just look for movement, their shadows are what give them up.|
|And I did see a brown thrasher. They are super secretive.... so I'm happy to get a good rear view.|
|In the same family as mockingbirds- but far less brazen.|
|A scruffy, singling house finch.|