While ripping off a Sir Mix A Lot song may not be my thing, I really do like me some big birds. Don't get me wrong, I love little warblers, gnatcachers, and swallows-- but I also love and take great joy in observing large raptors, a large shorebird, or a duck. My definition of a big bird is anything larger than a thrush, and part of the reason I may take a favoring to them is because you can look at them without binoculars and watch them even more so interact with their environment-- you are not limited to just the field in your binoculars.
So, when a Marbled Godwit - this falls into the larger shorebird category for myself - is on a local beach and has been hanging steady, a life bird, accessible by bike-- you go get it! Off to Breezy Point I went...
|Not a bird, but happy to see so many Monarchs in the air... this one is on Poison Ivy.|
|Lots of rain means lots of puddles-- it has been a rainer than normal summer and these puddles attract birds. These puddle birds, in the 4-wheel drive lot on the beach, are lesser yellowlegs.|
|With the Lesser Yellowlegs was also this solitary sandpiper, a nice surprise!|
|Okay, small bird exception-- although- they are not that small-- I love terns. A common tern prepares for a good...|
|...long stretch of the wings. Those wings best be ready for a long flight down toward Brazil and Argentina for the winter!|
|Don't they look like little hustling commuters, trying to get to work on time? A ruddy turnstone, left and a semipalmated plover, right.|
|Go little turnstone, go!|
|I liked this juvenile laughing gull in its soft brown tones.|
|Ever wonder how a bird gets water proof feathers? The preen gland or uropygial gland is how! A waxy oil is collected by surrounding feathers that the beak is then rubbed over to then spread to other feathers.|
|Target bird-- a marbled godwit that thinks it is an American Oystercatcher.|
That beautiful, upturned, thin bill, tall on twiggy legs, I was so stoked to see this bird in person!
|A semipalmated plover taking a rest in the sand- saw 3 plovers on the beach yesterday, semipalmated, piping and black-bellied.|
|A stone-standing, sleepy ruddy turnstone.|
|A great black backed gull eating a discarded dogfish.|
|Worlds largest gull eats the not worlds smallest shark.|
|More looks at that godwit.|
|That long bill is for probing, worms, insects, and other invertebrates-- even small fish.|
|It's also used for precarious preening!|
|Gorgeous bird- so glad to see it and add it to my life list!|
|But before we go...|
|A little tater tot learns the way of the Adult American Oystercatcher.... make as much noise as you possibly can, be loud and proud!|