Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Iceland Gull and Shorebirds

[Horseshoe crab eggs in wave-deposited layers at Cook's Beach today. Photo by Don Freiday.]

A first- or second-cycle Iceland Gull at Cook's Beach was perhaps the star there today (and a Ruddy Duck floating offshore was also of interest) but the 2000 Red Knots and piles of crab eggs stole the show.

[Close-up of Horseshoe Crab eggs. We haven't seen eggs on the surface like this in years. Photo by Don Freiday, click to enlarge.]

[This Purple Sandpiper, in breeding plumage, lingered with another at Stone Harbor Point today, on the jetty to the left as you look offshore from the parking lot crossover. Photo digiscoped by Don Freiday, click to enlarge.]

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