Stuck on drawbridge: No
Weather: fog, mist, fierce east wind
Piping Plover stats
Sandy Point 5
Sandy Point 2
Sandy Point 2
Chicks <25 days
Sandy Point 8
Chicks >25 days
Sandy Point None
New piping plover nest too.
Least Tern stats
Interesting bird behaviors of the day:
- Great blue heron standing at the water line for almost two hours, stock still, while the tide began to come in around him. I don't remember ever seeing a great blue on the beach before.
- A pair of American goldfinches flew in over the dunes, landed on some rocks and began to peck at barnacles. They hung around doing this for about 10 minutes, then flew back toward the dunes. Do goldfinches eat barnacles?
- Bonaparte's gulls act like shorebirds. Actually this isn't the first time I've seen this but it's still worth remarking on. A small flock of 3 to 4 Bonaparte's gulls was working the waterline probing the wet send with their bills. They walked along, sometimes even doing the foot trembling thing, and paused to probe. Whatever they were eating was small and dark and hard to identify in the fog.
- Tree swallows landing en masse and resting on the beach.
Bird list for today includes only those birds seen on the beach:
great black back gull
double crested cormorant
great blue heron
No witty narrative today. We have tix to see Richard Thompson tonight. Must get going.