As I write this post a bank of fog is rolling in from the east, grey lace over shiny pink satin sunset sky. More rain and full moon high tides are due to come tonight and tomorrow.
I was so worried about my little piping plover! She sits there bravely in her protective fencing, face turned into the wind. How frightening it must be during the long dark stormy night, the foam and waves coming closer and closer!
I worried all night! And as soon as the tides receded this morning , I hurried down to see her. She was still on her nest. It looked like water had encroached her nesting spot [you can see the darker grey sand, where it was wet] but maybe she was able to stay and keep the eggs in place.
|nesting plover is centered in photo, |
just above the first green sprout of grass.
She matches her surroundings so perfectly
Other arrivals....the pair of willets has come back to the outer dune hollow.
|gaurdian male Oystercatcher|
center of photo
above red fence flag
They were followed quickly by the black skimmers at also dusk.
The skimmers arrive in pairs but quickly congregate in huge groups, all facing precisely the same way. Always. By midsummer there will be a colony of thousands of both terns and skimmers (separate) and that section of beach will be impassable due to the attacking terns (not my fave! and they poop on humans too! On purpose! eeew)...
And here's a mermaid's purse...an egg case from a dog shark or skate.
Other birds, too fast or too shy to photograph: a snow bunting in brown stripey plumage; a pippet who lives in my upper dunes;
|Find the Pippit! He is exactly in the center of this photo...|
And tonight, as they have done for millions of years, the horseshoe crabs will slowly plod onto shore to lay their eggs. Again.
|blue sky and clouds reflected in wave-washed and|
gone to the beach.....