When I was young I spent a lot of time out in the woods, the swamps and on the shore doing some high class bird watching. We went for a stroll on the north end of Anna Maria Island on Sunday.  I posted these photos full scale so you can blow them up in case you’re a bird person. Here’s the North Shore:

There were a bunch of sandpipers that I didn’t get a shot of. Lots of Least Sandpipers among them. The birds are very calm, you can walk right up to them. If you can blow it up you’ll see mostly Forster’s terns. Then there are the skimmers, some immature laughing gulls (I think), at least one least sandpiper, herring gulls. In the distance are a couple sandpipers I didn’t identify.

Here’s a blowup. The skimmers are the ones with the big beaks and black backs.

The herring gulls (I think) and a least sandpiper:

This sandpiper was the only one of its kind on the beach. It was all speckled. It might have been a black bellied plover.

Halloween 14 years ago, Pickle and I (Cheeseman) dressed up and went to a big bar in Centreville VA. I got into a fight. No worries, I won. The big jerk learned a lesson. You don’t mess with a Super Hero. Here’s a Cheeseman story from 2009.

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4 Responses to Birds

  1. Lisa B. says:

    I love backyard-bird watching. My biggest sightings have been an indigo bunting and an orchard oriole. I had a great year for hummingbirds this year. Thanks for the bird pictures, and all of the vacation pictures, too.

    • Bud Grace says:

      I have my hummingbird feeder out, but no luck. I saw one indigo bunting and one painted bunting in my whole life, They were in Rock Creek Park in DC about 40 years ago. That’s a great place in the middle of the city to birdwatch. I’ve only seen one Baltimore oriole and one redstart. The redstart was in Tallahassee in my back yard around 1978. They fly like a butterfly. All of them are really pretty birds. Unfortunately where my house is in Florida, there aren’t many songbirds in the neighborhood. Lots of big birds. Egrets, ibis, wood storks, some spoonbills. Croews and black and turkey vultures. The turkey vultures were circling my house today. About three months ago a crow snatched a baby songbird right under my nose. It was veru upsetting. Oh, I also have a bat house tied to my chimney. Did you read that the New Zealand Bird of the Year this year is a bat?

  2. Bob Chadwick says:

    I am sure you have heard about the butcher that took a dead seagull in trade for a p[pound of sausage….. He took a tern for the wurst….

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