Hope you all are having a nice September.
We have been out of our Homey for one and a half weeks while it is in the repair shop for a minor fender bender..Jeff ran over a big rock a few months ago. We have been staying in Jeff’s sisters home on the Cape during the repair. We are hoping our Homey will be finished today and we will then head just a bit north to Lexington, MA for a few weeks.
Last week Jeff and I went birding South Beach, Chatham again..
This was the second time in a few weeks and it wasn’t our last.
We invited Kathie Brown of Kathie’s Birds to join us. We took the 7am water taxi. We met Matt Malin on the water taxi~he joined us for the day.. and shared his birding knowledge.
We decided to leave the bay side and go for do some ocean birding as the tide wasn’t quite right for birding on the bay.
It was a beautiful morning…
We had great views of Parasitic Jaegers and distant views of Wilson’s Storm-Petrel and Northern Gannet
Kathie, hasn’t birded that much on the shore…she started racking up Lifers.
We were being watched by Gray and Harbor Seals
I found tracks in the sand.
You never know what you might find on the beach….
Nothing we could do to help this naked gal…and..we were rather afraid to touch her.
Seals hanging out at the shore..
I found coyote tracks leading to this carcass..The coyote dragged this away from the shore to eat…the gulls were having a feast on the leftovers.
After great fun birding the ocean side of South Beach we headed to the bay side.
Beautiful isn’t it?
Plenty of Tern..
Matt helped us with Tern ID~ there were Least, Black, Roseate,Common and Forster’s Tern
Kathie counting more life birds…
Oh lookie here…I love finding hearts.
Two Shell fishers~Human and Bird
We saw many birds…but not the numbers we had hoped for…
Kathie was pleased~ 15 life birds for her this day!
We were running out of time…and had to hurry to catch the 4pm shuttle.
On the way back to the shuttle…
We started seeing piles of birds..
We couldn’t stop to give them proper notice..
We had a shuttle to catch and water to wade thru..
Jeff and Kathie walked the shore rather than wade thru the water.
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs
And then this..
With no time to sort thru them..
Scads of birds…we had to walk by..
To catch our shuttle home…
Such is birding, on a schedule..I need a boat.
Birds of the Day~via Ebirder Kathie Brown
1 western, 2 eastern
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Thanks Kathie for your wonderful record keeping!
Thanks Matt for your helpful Birding skills!
It was a super day!
Links of the Day
Outermost Harbor Ferry
Birding on South Beach
Kathies blog post on the day
Kathies blog post on the Jaegar
Kathies post on the Whos hiding on South Beach.