Bird of the Day: Royal Tern
Weird Wrack Item of the Week: plastic sea horse
Invisi-bird Status: haven't gotten the report yet. Biological staff confirmed the two fledglings I saw last week. Number actually seen by me today: Three adults or fledglings at a distance in the heat haze.
|Tree Swallows and Several Species of Gulls and Terns Roosting on the Beach|
|Blue Sky Over Lot 1 Boardwalk|
|Orange Plastic Seahorse|
|Biological Staff about to be Dive-Bombed by Least Terns|
|Great Black Back|
|Crowd of Birders Scoping the Royal Terns and the Sandwich Tern|
Later on, I noticed that many birders had gathered on the platform at the Lot 1 boardwalk and were all pointing their scopes at the gull/tern roost, so word had gotten out about the "odd" terns.
|The Moleskine Notebook that Saved my Eye|
Now back to the uplifting good parts of the day. A low flying helicopter buzzed the beach, but did not disturb the roosting birds. What is it with everybody flying so low?
As I was leaving the beach, the guy who had let me look through his scope earlier was now up on the boardwalk and called out to me that the other mystery tern was a Sandwich Tern. Cool! When I got up onto the boardwalk, I observed both the "King" and the "Prince" of Plum Island (Tom Wetmore and Doug Chickering) had joined the scrum. Doug generously let me look through his scope at the Sandwich Tern. The view was unobstructed by gulls so I could be certain of the ID. Wow! Two awesome Plum Island records for me! Royal Tern and Sandwich Tern. What a great day!
|Serious Looking Gull|