Bird of the Day: ring-billed gull
Invisi-bird Status: I don't have updated numbers for this week but I do know from talking to biological staff that one of the chicks that hatched on the town beach survived to fledge. Also, chicks from the two nests just north of the one that got predated are 25+ days old so should be fledged. He was on his way to check them out when I talked to him. Number actually seen by me: 0
Weird Wrack Item of the Day: a bed sheet
Refuge Biological Staff Sighted: 1
Coast Guard Assets Sighted: 1 boat
|North -- With Footprints and ATV Tracks|
I met refuge biological staff as he was starting out on the ATV to check on the nests. The beach at parking lots 6 & 7 will open on Saturday (I started writing this on Friday). I saw Frank and some of the interns working on the boardwalk at lot 6.
Mollusks fascinate me too. I am always amazed at the epic journeys that periwinkles make from one rock to another at low tide. This time I noticed the "tracks" left behind by tiny white clams - very different from snails like periwinkles.
|More Clam Tracks|
|A Bed Sheet in the Wrack|
The greenheads were out in force along the road and in the parking lot, but I continued to be able to escape their harassment. There were two Mass Audubon vehicles in the parking lot when I left, but I did not see any Mass Audubon field trip while I was on the beach. I figure they were at the Sandy Point beach looking at the least tern colony, rather than tide pooling. This just in as I write this on Saturday, posted on Mass Audubon's Joppa Flats Facebook page:
"Green heads have landed! Sorry to say they chased us off Sandy Point today while on a collecting trip in the tide pools. Don't want to be bothered but still want the beach? Come to Joppa Tuesday through Sunday for live tide pool animal tanks from 9am - 2pm Free for all!"