Bird of The Day: Tree Swallow
Weird Wrack Item of the Week: none
Invisi-bird status: Still a few chicks that haven't fledged. Number actually seen by me: zero.
So my prediction that the rain would trick me like it did last Friday was wrong. However, I felt so badly about bailing on last week's shift because it was raining when I got up that I decided to go anyway. Hah! The rain lasted all day. No need for plover wardens. Mother nature was doing fine at keeping people away.
It's that time of year again. The swallows are flocking. The annual sign warning drivers to look out for swallows in the road is up. Below is last year's sign. It was raining too hard to get a good shot of this year's sign. In any case, there were indeed swallows in the road. There were also starlings, American robins, semipalmated sandpipers, mourning doves, turkeys, purple finches, and a toad in the road. The road was clearly the place to be.
|Last Year's Swallow Warning Sign|
|Sandpiper in the Road|
|Sky Full of Swallows and Rain|
|Swallows in Tree|
I took a photo of the mixed starling/robin/grackle flock through the wet windshield to capture more of a sense of how rainy it was.
|Starlings with Some Robins and Grackles|
|Uh, This is the Road, Not the Beach|
The best sighting of the day was a not even a bird. A toad hopped across the road from the marsh side to the dune side and obligingly posed for a photo. I brake for toads.
|Toad in the Road|