Monday, April 14, 2014

Shores and shorebirds

Finally, today, made it down to the estuary and it would appear just in time because the annual change from estuary to 'lake' is just getting under way....

not really visible in this picture but the Harrison River is rising and is pretty much level with the gravel bars....had I made it to the log bay you would see that the gravel bars are disappearing.  Last year at this time the whole area was already under water.

if you look carefully you will see a Killdeer (one of a pair) and a male Red-wing Blackbird, there were also a couple of Robins in the same area and Tree Swallow flying about.

The really exciting part though was seeing a number of.....

Greater Yellowlegs.....there were 3 in this area and a half dozen or more wandering along the shoreline further up.  We missed seeing them last year due to the water rising so quickly.

Earlier in the day I had sat outside soaking up the sunshine....

and a couple of those Eurasian Collared Doves had come to feed....

I'm not sure what this Steller's Jay was chasing in the grass, but he was pretty intent.

and there was constant activity around the feeders...all Rufous Hummingbirds.

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