|Greeted at Plumb by one of the best butterflies, the buckeye.|
|Dashing and flashy!|
|DRINK YOUR TEA!!!!!!|
This Eastern towhee really wants you to hear him, and for you to really drink your tea.
|Fiddler crab finding shelter in an ex-chelicerate.|
|Blue skies are a relief to see. Straight through gray since Monday.|
|The boat tailed grackles look great in sunlight. Everything looks great in sunlight.|
|Beach mockingbirds have a taste for crab!|
Would you like some clarified butter to dip in?
|A least tern hunting with the belt parkway and lamp posts behind it.|
|Low tide is a buffet for a yellow-crowned night heron! So much crab to go around!|
|By the looks of that beak, someone is eating good!|
|A teenage piping plover may have brought tears to some of the eyes in our group. And we haven't even gotten to the good stuff yet.|
|A mild piping plover brawl.|
Any brawl by a piping plover seems pretty mild. They are mostly flight than fight.
|End with a little piping, but another bird is coming in hot from the left.|
|None of it was of concern to teenage plover.|
|While we did not see the stilt sandpiper at the large puddle, the young plover was nice as well as the bathing terns and skimmers.|
|Now onto some god stuff, the common tern chicks!|
|Usually the terns are nesting up to the lines drawn by park/conservation staff. But this year, black skimmers were up front. Many fo them resting. I love that they rest just by lying flat-out. This one even made a nice little bowl to lay in.|
|Like a Sears sibling photo shoot... These little chicks are so ridiculous.|
|Some are quite brazen.|
|And some yearn for those days spent in the egg.|
|We enjoyed 2 gull-billed terns. The common terns did NOT enjoy the gull billed terns as they seemed to cause havoc among the colony members.|
|Common terns are often soaring in overhead, with a fresh haul from the ocean. This one brought back a pipefish, a close relative of the seahorse.|
|I CAN DO IT ON MY OWN!|
|LET. ME. HAVE. IT!|
|PUT NOMS HERE!!!!!|
|Osprey with Atlantic Menhaden (bunker). Very fresh fish here.|
|A special appearance was made by a white-rumped sandpiper.|
|An even more special appearance was made by this least tern chick.|
|A very modest meal for a very small bird. Unlike those common terns, least terns know how to select age-appropriate foods.|
|Also, that least tern revealed us a second chick at the nest!|
|This piping plover was protecting something very precious. Somethings, that is.|
This common tern had a broken wing and can't get around much any other way besides walking. It walked into the wrong place...
|A very small piping plover. One of four.|
|They are so special and so small. They may have induced sobbing among the group.|
I mean, how can you not?!
|Eating very small snacks.|
|It's a big world out there. I hope you can blend in and grow up into another sweet piping plover/|
|A common tern that sits on the bridge and hunts from it.|
Lazy or living its best life?
|Only intensified my sunburn looking for this buddy, a salt marsh sparrow!|
Good job to Ryan for finding it!
|A barn swallow who wanted us to hear its sorrows over being booted off its favorite perch, possibly by one of its kids.|
|"Empty nest syndrome is hard, and when your kids start talking back, it can break year heart.... but stealing your perch, that's just traumatic." - B. Swallow|
|They grow up, too fast.|