Coffee of the Day: French Roast Sumatra
Bird of the Day: piping plover
Invisi-bird Status: Refuge beach: 9 pairs, 5 nests. Sandy Point: 3 pairs, 2 nests. Newbury town beach 1 pair with nest. Number actually seen by me: 1
Wierd Wrack Item of the Day: part of CD jewel case
The same guy had told me awhile back about finding a message in a bottle on Plum Island. Now he told me the followup story. He called the number on the note and discovered it was a girl in Essex. She'd thrown it in off Essex 4 months before. It took 4 months to get from Essex to Newbury.
Shortly after I'd seen the laughing gulls, a large group of birders from Amherst arrived. I told them they'd just missed laughing gulls, but there were still plenty of species to see. I got to tell them about the piping plover life cycle, so felt like I was a worthwhile person.
The oddest bird I saw was a rock pigeon who foraged in the wrack and then walked up into the dunes. Not exactly pigeon habitat.
I know it's the biggest weekend in birding and real birders were ticking off tons of colorful warblers dripping from the trees at Hellcat, but for me one piping plover and two least terns beat a tree full of warblers. I smiled all the way home.