A band of crows that regularly patrols both ends of Elizabeth Airport runway have discovered “easy pickins”, while mother Killdeer sounds the alarm circling around her clutch of eggs hidden inside tiny potholes of broken pavement.

From the Field, Field Note Justine Kibbe June 12, 2019

I am so happy to have seen a spotted sandpiper pair south of the airport runway on Sanctuary of Sands. A lone sandpiper has arrived every spring since 2015, and now there are a pair of these exquisite shorebirds!

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology:

The spotted sandpiper occurs across North America. It has richly spotted breeding plumage, a teetering gait, stuttering wingbeats and showy courtship dances.

Female spotted sandpipers arrive at breeding grounds early to establish and defend territory. Females also may mate with four different males at a time, but it is the male that incubates the eggs and cares for the young.

From the Field, Field Note Justine Kibbe June 3, 2019

FIConservancy Naturalist Justine Kibbe reported: “As Fishers Island prepares for a very busy July and August, it’s wonderful to witness the rallying of community to protect our precious wildlife.”

Congratulations Fishers Island! The community is pleased to announce the arrival of four Piping Plover chicks in Sanctuary of Sands on the south side of the airport runway. Please continue to leash all dogs walking in the area.

Safe under a leafy canopy, a baby Gray squirrel emerges from its comfy tree cavity to view its “big” new world: Fishers Island.

American Elm, Silver Eel Cove.

From the Field, Field Note, Justine Kibbe, May 29, 2019

A warm invitation from Eastern towhee* this chilly, gray morning…

My neck of the woods, Fishers Island

From the Field, Field Note, Justine Kibbe, May 23, 2019

“Lunch is now being served under the tent”….Tent caterpillars.

From the Field, Field Note, Justine Kibbe, May 23, 2019

Duck Pond’s resident Great Egret.

From the Field, Field Note, Justine Kibbe, May 23, 2019

Demonstration Garden (next to Movie Theater).

From the Field, Field Note, Justine Kibbe, May 22, 2019