Monday, May 25, 2009

Crab Spawn Aftermath and Other Delaware Bayshore Images

[Horseshoe crabs, 7:00 a.m. this morning on the flats at Villas, after a hard night's spawning. Photo by Don Freiday.]

You don't EVER want to be driving on Route 47 on Memorial Day anytime after about 9:00 a.m., so we got out early today to look for shorebirds. 800 Red Knot at Cook's Beach wasn't bad - but it wasn't good either, since I remember single location counts of 10X that number, and more, back in the 80's. Perhaps someday again. . .

[Shorebirds as seen from the end of Cook's Beach Road, 8:00 a.m. today. Among them are 800 Red Knots. Photo by Don Freiday.]

[Red Knots, Ruddy Turnstones, Sanderlings, and Semipalmated Sandpipers - the four main horseshoe crab egg eaters - flying past Cook's Beach. Photo by Don Freiday.]

[This Eastern Mud Turtle was on Cook's Beach Road. Photo by Don Freiday.]

[Marsh Wren at the end of Cook's Beach Road. Seaside Sparrows were also highly visible there today. Photo by Don Freiday.]

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