Late in the afternoon, the rain let up and I was suffering severe shorebird withdrawal from being rained out of working the south boundary this morning. So, I took a quick trip to the refuge. Of course, the rain hadn't really stopped ...
I paused at the North Pool Overlook to check for bobolinks because I have not seen nearly enough bobolinks this year and I need my summer dose of them. While there I had a great far-ranging conversation with a visitor from Holland about everything from managing wild areas for the wildlife vs. managing them for people to how big storms bring red phalaropes and how upscale Plum Island has gotten since his last visit 20 years ago. From the overlook, I spotted the official willet of the town marker. Same willet, different day. Misty rain plus digital zoom made for a really atmospheric shot of the willet. I think I nailed the feeling.
|Willet on Town Marker in the Rain|
|Dining Al Fresco in the Rain|
|Bonaparte's Gulls in the Wrack|
And to think, I was originally going to write about flowers today.
|Dead Fish in the Rain|