A never-ending stream of emails, paperwork and any manner of other excuses all seem to be conspiring to keep me out of the field at the moment so do let us know about your sightings if you are birding in the area. Our good friend Beth Polvino continues to enjoy birds at her favorite locations and recently sent me the following collection of photos, all of which sum up those lazy, hazey days at the beach in July.
Small numbers of Piping Plovers still hang out at the South Beach, but it's too late now to replace broods lost to Fish Crows; Piping Plovers have not had a good year unfortunately.
Time for this Piping Plover to have a good old scratch...
..which is something that seems to be infectious! A real close look reveals brown tips to the black feathers on this American Oystercatcher, showing it to be one of this year's youngsters.
Lift Off! With the Fish Crows having moved to pastures new of late, the Least Terns are managing to hatch a few eggs and this youngster is now taking its first tentative flaps across the sand.