Plover herd in farmland.
I'm not certain I'm the type of birder that has a nemesis bird, but if I am, the red knot is it. No more!
Caught in the act of turning actual stones!
Intermixed with other shorebirds.
Head seems somewhat blocky. My best guess is semipalmated, but I'm not sure.
Head seem somewhat rounder, with a short bill. My best guess is semipalmated, but I'm not sure.
This group of 30-45 birds were resting as a group amid a flurry of shorebird activity. They stood out not only for their inactivity, but also because they all had very similar plumage.
My instinct is to ID as sanderling (dark shoulders are somewhat visible, the bill looks about right), but I guess I would have assumed there would be greater color variation in plumage given the state of other sanderlings on the beach. Thoughts?
I suspect, but am not certain, that these are all sanderlings in varying plumage. Some smaller peeps have rudely intruded in some of the photographs.
Multiple individuals of (I think) Cicindela hirticollis observed, but this one looks like it has a different pattern. Possibly Bronzed Tiger Beetle (Cicindela repanda).
Abdundant on top of beach. ID of C. hirticollis is a guess -- I'm not certain.
Better photos of tiger beetles from the beach, but wanted to include this observation just in case the species are different after inspection of both.
Several terrapins popping up their heads behind water management structure, also getting caught in the crab pots that boys were monitoring at the bridge, using chicken scraps as bait.
Skimmers bring me great joy.
This rail looked bigger than other birds I've seen, so at the time, I was excited that this might be a king rail. Alas, the bill I think confirms this as a clapper, and a local birder told me that he didn't think king rails occurred in the area.
Big Stone Beach Rd, DE May 23, 2014