I had such a wonderful weekend, with an incredible three new year birds and many other nice encounters. I should have guessed yesterday was going to be special when I saw the sun coming up over the Atlantic.
I had ventured down to the inlet in hopes of seeing any Pelagics blown in by the strong East winds. After watching the sunrise I walked along the beach looking through the Laughing Gulls hoping to pull out a Franklin’s Gull when I noticed one of my favorite Heron species dancing in the waves. A beautiful young Redish Egret was putting on quite the show chasing after its breakfast … very cool way to start the morning!!
I stood on the jetty for an hour and a half and had quite a few Northern Gannets and two flocks of Ducks heading South. The problem with seawatching is that often what you are hoping to see is sooooo far out that it makes getting a picture with a positive ID nearly impossible. I know one of the flocks heading South were a flock of Scoters just by the way they were flying but all my pictures were not satisfactory so I couldn’t count them.
I had started to catch a chill from the strong winds when I decided to head over to the Snook Island Sanctuary in search of a pair of American Oystercatchers that have been reported there. I never did see the Oystercatchers (more about them later) but I did manage to find two AWESOME birds for my Photographic Big Year list.
The best part of finding these guys was I was able to get my good friend Carl Edwards on them also. He got there about an hour after I had left and got great looks at all three and he also saw the Oystercatchers! I’ve now been to Snook Island at least 6 times this year looking for them and he see’s them the first time he’s there. This morning Linda Fell called and told me she, Ruth, Marcello and Scott S. were looking at the Scoters and they also saw the Oystercatchers! Argh … I guess I have to keep trying!
One of the greatest parts of Birding is being able to share your findings and knowledge with others. Over the years I’ve learned a tremendous amount of information from Carl and it was nice to be able to give back! Good birding Karma! Thanks so much for visiting!!