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Shorebird Reunion

Shorebird Reunion!

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I sat within the tidal pools along what I love to call Sanctuary of Sands west end; parallel to the runway here on Fishers Island. So happy to “report” what certainly appeared to me as an increase in this spring’s shorebird activity. Breeding and non-breeding plumage is visible on Ruddy turnstone, Killdeer and Black-bellied plover standing “Sentinel”.

** Please be mindful and leash dogs during this precious nesting time.

– A Snippet from The Field by Justine Kibbe May 24, 2018.

Ruddy Turnstone Reunion

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One of the best seats in the house for the Naturalist in all of us is Race Point. Walk southwest from the runway and find a warm rock to lean on, or better still a salty, soft “ berm” of kelps, sea lettuce, with mixed greens and reds to squish your toes through. Watch the Orient Point ferry returning to New London, listen to the eerie pulsating of a passing submarine dipping through chop behind the lighthouse.

These afternoons the Tree swallows are swooping and nipping at insects, Red-winged blackbirds clinging to swaying cattails.

The last few years I have looked forward to meeting Ruddy turnstones in this ecosystem specifically in early June. Island “locals”- larger sandpipers sometimes wading, wearing breeding plumage; hungry slender bills poking, sifting and leaving no stone unturned.

 

Meeting Calico Scallop

Rise and shine from burrow so brine

Calico  Scallop.

Kneeling in low tide’s ebb, I listen as my camera shutter opens and closes rapidly

“Click- click-click”

“What is that?” I ask.

“Click” I hear answered from an open then closed shell.

And then it clicked, I get it.

Only inquisitive Ruddy Turnstone can tell……