Somehow the sky can seem crowded when just two ospreys decide to fish the same spot.
I rarely see Osprey off Gooseberry and when I do they seem to be just passing by. But not yesterday – yesterday there were four and while they frequently paused and hovered taking aim at something below, I never saw them dive .
The sun had just risen and was catching the right wing of this bird. (Seems more speckled than usual – wonder if that means it’s a young one?
Of course, for tree swallows four is hardly a crowd. As I walked the beach on this morning they kept appearing in ones and twos, appearing to come from the general direction of the Bay and Westport’s East Beach. They all seemed to know where they were going and as I looked up to the southwest, there was the answer over the duck pond – a regular tree swallow convention – not uncommon on Gooseberry at this time of the year, but still quite a sight!
But catching these little dudes with the camera was like trying to snag a speeding bullet in your teeth – well something like I imagine that would be. Never tried it myself 😉
Now, at the other end of the funnel it looked like this.
And when you got in close, it looked like this.
Meanwhile, back on the beach, life was moving at a slower pace and this dude had me puzzled for a while.
Now here’s a real mystery to me. My gut feeling was semipalmated plover. I see lots of them and I didn’t look closely. But when I started examing the photos I saw something else. First, no black mask – and second, the orange legs weren’t really orange – more greenish. So this looks to me like a Wilson’s Plover, something I’ve never seen. But – I don’t see alighter band above the eye and it seems a bit small??? Advice from more knowledgeable birders would be welcome.
Now these legs are orange!
At least the Ruddy Turnstone’s are easy to be sure about!
And here’s a new one for me this season I believe – a black-bellied plover halfway between breeding and non-breeding plumage.
I tend to think of the black-bellied plover as quite large – but here you get a good comparison of his size with a semi-palmated plover and gull.
And while we’re on the subject of gulls, here’s a juvenile herring gull. i think he’s say “enough witht he pictures,” so I’ll stop here. I still have another crop from my walk this morning! Maybe I’ll put those up tomorrow.