I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Spring is Blowing In

It is still March and it is still verrrry windy here at the beach!

The migratory birds of the shore and marshes arrive daily, despite the many storms and near-hurricane force winds.The piping plovers arrived on Monday the 22nd, early for them.

This tiny lady found her beach quite depleted...[she is in the center of the pix, just in front of the dune grass, see her?]

.... but somehow she has returned to almost the spot where she nested last year!
She is camouflaged, behind the mesh, center, second row from the bottom....If you enlarge the photo and zoom, you can find her!

These little birds---piping plovers---must have an amazing kind of natural GPS!She returns to almost the identical spot each year, whatever the conditions or proximity of the waves.
And the beautiful, majestic ospreys have returned to the marsh.....rebuilding on their nesting site.

The nest is far out on the marsh, photos were taken with a special lens.

And today a seal visited the beach! It came out of the surf, saw the oystercatchers and me---

and back into the waves he went. He is the dark shape just below:

The storms and high winds have changed the beach. But it is always beautiful. And there are always treasures to be found...

pocket gleanings with artificial eggs/ faux nest!