On bridge to the refuge.
A godwit that caught my eye as possibly being different from the marbled godwits in the area.
Interspersed with the godwits.
This bird was solo, in the water farther from any shorebird from the shoreline. Active.
Solo in dead flattened reeds.
The bill is somewhat confusing to me, but proportions don't seem right for a ring-billed gull.
Observation is for the bird in the center, with the long bill and yellowish base. Birds in foreground are laughing gulls, to the right, a napping oystercatch.
Three individuals of this species, next to an oystercatcher and divided by (possibly) a dowitcher.
in the car park
Posted signs to stay out of area due to piping plover/skimmer/least tern nesting.
Juvenile or non-breeding?
Foraging on high tide edge.
Showy individual was acting aggressive, even chasing around a great egret.
This great egret was being chased around by this little snowy egret. I think it was caught in the middle of a snowy egret pairing, but it was certainly funny watching it being dominated by a bird half of its size.
Nest. The young weren't visible, but FWS staff were there with a telephoto for visitors.
Very attractive little birds.
Around a sleeping Canada goose.
Not seen on refuge all day, but tens to hundreds seen in drive out of town. Few pullover sites meant that these wetlands are mostly enjoyed at 65 mph. Next time I plan on finding a better place to stop. Also an avocet seen.
Fox kit on side of road. A little skittish, but not much.
Waves knocked it up on shore, upside down. I returned it right side up, and it scuttled back from whence it came. Only one seen. An early breeder?
Totally obscured, but a pair of sparrows were in the bushes on the edge of a Chesapeake barrier island. Spotted belly and eye streaks: Lincoln's or song sparrow?
Good flock of skimmers.
This pair could not have been less bothered that we were 6 feet away in a kayak--they actually came toward us as we approached the tip of the sandbar. We had slid by the skimmers et al. to rest at the very end, and these two little sandpipers approached to forage right at the edge of the water. Pretty neat that they were so oblivious.