Well, on Thursday I got home from a 90-minute walk around Gooseberry and looked at my pictures and said wow! That’s a spotted sandpiper – I’ve never seen one before.
My problem is when I search this journal I find that I identified one before – but now that I look at those pictures from four years ago I am certain about the latest identification, but not at all certain about what I saw in 2009! (OK – maybe it’s in non-breeding plummage – but in May?)
That said, Don and I ha d a nice morning walk near low tide in what was less than ideal conditions – but good for the way the weather has been here throughout June and July. And yes, the shorebird migration is in full swing, though we didn’t se a whole lot of evidence of it.
Common Terns were out in force at the southeast point. I’ve seen them there before and I’m not sure what draws them to gather there – most of the time I’m lucky if I see one or two – not a dozen or two.
Ran into Paul and he said that while the piping plovers are doing well at Horseneck and elsewhere, they don’t seem to have nested at Gooseberry, though an area is seta side for them as usual. He noted some whimbrel did and we saw one of these long-legged waders at the south end.
Some doves put on a flying exhibition near the towers and while Paul reported yellow warblers, we saw none. what were out in force were the swallows. Seemed a bit early for them to be flocking, but there they were. Could watch these little dudes for hours!