Bird of the Day: turkey vulture
Coffee of the Day: Clipper City Roast
Weird Wrack Item of the Week: blue plastic thingie
Invisi-bird Status: Official:Refuge Beach:48 Pairs, 25 Nests, 16 Chicks; Sandy Point: 9 Pairs, 6 Nests, 4 Chicks; Town Beach: 4 Pairs, 2 Nests, no chicks yet. Number actually seen by me: 1.
|Beach - Looking South|
|Stick Fence -- What's that blue thing in the wrack?|
|Weird Blue Plastic Thingie|
|Least Terns At the Water Line in the Rain|
|That Crab Doesn't Look Big Enough to Satisfy the Herring Gull|
Quite awhile later the group returned to the refuge beach and sat in a circle picnicking and taking more photos. Suddenly the woman stood up holding some kind of food -- a potato chip, Cheetos, I don't know -- straight up over her head. She posed like that for several minutes before I realized she was trying to bait the least terns to come closer for a photo. Did she really want the least tern air defense command anywhere near her head? I've seen people use food/bait to lure birds for photos -- which is strictly forbidden on the refuge -- but this just seemed weird. Whatever snack food she was holding was not appealing to the terns, nor to the great black backs or the turkey vulture. Since she wasn't actually feeding any birds or doing anything untoward except holding food over her head, I decided not to approach her. She finally went back to sit in the circle with the group, and then they all left.
|Least Tern Hiding in Plain Sight|