This weekend I kept the birding going. On Saturday, I co-led a walk for the Feminist Bird Club with the amazing staff at Shirley Chisholm State Park. Then I arrived home to a long awaited gift to myself, my very own spotting scope. And today, I had to use and get used to my new scope, so I went to Breezy Point to look out to the ocean and see what was up.
I learned that while leading a walk, I am terrible at taking pictures, so I have very few to show for Saturday. Also, it was a level of cold Saturday that by time I arrived home my eyes were so tired and chilled, my body exhausted, and the dry air dehydrated the heck out of me that a very rare thing happened. I took a nap when the kiddo took a nap. And then for today, I was set to go!
|I noticed a very pale bird... and it is an Ipswich Savannah Sparrow, a subspecies of our good ol' Savannah Sparrow, which I also saw.|
|And there were two of them too!|
|They ran over the ground foraging, but were oh so round. Trying to probably conserve as much heat as it can.|
|The buntings happily, and quite busy, fed on the grasses. Bouncing from blade to blade, hopping from the ground to grab hard to reach seeds. It was very chaotic and cute.|
|Continuing on, along to the jetty, these two surf scoter were actively diving quite close to shore.|
|One of many common eider swimming along the jetty, this one the only mature male.|
I used my scope to get better views of long tailed ducks, additional eiders battling the surf great cormorant perched on the jetty, and far off loons.
|And just before I got to leaving, a group of 5 American Tree Sparrows, descended from the grasses to this puddle, to drink, bathe, and have an all-out good time.|
|I guess a puddle is still fresh water and freshwater is important for keeping those feathers clean!|
|A friend of mine pointed out how they are called American Tree Spaorrows but you 9 times out of 10 never see them in trees.|
This one is on a mini iceberg.
|I always can appreciate a good clear look at these cute little sparrows!|
The weather looks menacing tomorrow. Will I make it out for a fourth day of GBBC'ing? We'll have to see just how things play out.