Royal terns are showing up on the beach with their summer hat on. During breeding season the top of their head is all black. During winter, they have mostly white on their head with a little gray on the sides.
Willet shaking it off.
Marbled godwit digging for snacks.
I think these are dunlins in non-breeding feathers.
Oystercatcher taking a nap. It’s amazing how they can sleep on one foot. I couldn’t sleep on one foot much less standing up.
Just a few birds I found out on the beach in early April when I was waiting for the baby owl to decide whether he wanted to fly or not. I know people stand there for hours waiting for “that” shot but I have to get out and walk around.
“What is that blue thing?” I asked the ruddy turnstone. “A piece of tourist trash’ was his response.
Tricolored heron creeping along the edge. He thinks he’s sneaking up on the fish.
Piping plovers in front of the sleeping red knots.
He’s so tiny.
A yawn and a big stretch from the oystercatcher.
A few marbled godwits were with the red knots.
A reddish egret guarding the “Keep out” signs.
Another oystercatcher along the water.
Up on the fishing pier, a flock of snowy egrets were waiting for the guy to drop his bait fish.
Nothing to unusual at the beach in mid-August. Piping plovers are pretty rare around here so those few were pretty exciting to see. They were all sleeping in front of the big flock of red knots. It was a beautiful Saturday morning but still not luck with sighting the brown booby that’s been seen there on and off for a while.