March has departed, not like a lamb...or a lion, but like a grumpy grey old man, who is cackling madly and yelling April Fool! Because this has been the chilliest and wettest weekend of the entire winter! Almost---wintery? Or should I say typically nasty muddy spring at the beach?
Anyway I slogged down to check on my birds....there's been one little lady, I was so worried. She seemed to have only one leg! Yes, she flies well, and hops nimbly, but I felt sad. Concerned.
Shore birds often stand on one leg, even hop on one foot at times. But I just never ever saw her stand on two feet, not since she arrived three weeks ago.
Here she is again, with her mate. This pair has been coming now for at least 6-8 years! (So she's no spring chicken! Lifespan is, what?) They nest on the outer face of the dunes below my house, and they are the tamest of the oystercatchers here. (You can see they let me get fairly close for photos!)
The next pair over has already set up their nest! She is the bird who always sits in haughty dignity, right in the most open exposed and widest section of the beach! She disdains the fenced, protected areas, seems to say "Dunes are for sissies!" and always has to get a small fencing enclosure of her own!
And, shh....I tiptoed away! I think she was trying to lay her eggs! She scratch-scratch-scratched with thosebig neon pink feet, then she'd hunker down and, well, push! If you've had kids, you may remember "Push!"? That's what it looked like. The male hovered closely, and both birds did the wounded bird distraction dance when I ventured too close. I left them quickly in peace, no pictures...
|Cheri's Apple Brown Betty|
reprinted with Cheri's permission
|the large scale print is a backing "possible", |
or it may be used to break up the tiny prints
in the sawtooth portion. Or both?
|Cheri's 3" stars|
photo used with permission
|mine---on the left, the brain blip one[s]|