This morning our Wings Group reconnoitered at the point. This turned out to be a very wise decision. The number of birds wasn’t impressive and the conversation quickly slipped into irreverent humor. Jokes and stories began to fly, most coming from our leader, Jon Dunn, as expected. Suddenly though Dunn changed instantly from the jokester to a dialed in bird identification expert. “Shorebird” he shouted. And a moment later he followed with “Great Knot!”.
There it was flying north along the water’s edge only 40 feet in front of us! White rump and black in the wings. This is a bird I didn’t dare dream of on this trip. Which says something, because I’m dreaming big. This photo was shot by David Hollie.
Later today we added 4 Dovekie on the sea cliffs and a female Common Ringed Plover. Stay tuned for tomorrow. The birds are moving north and I’ve got a feeling that good things will continue to happen.