Thursday, September 1, 2011
While scanning the beach with my binoculars, I spotted three different birds on the outer edge of the bed. I couldn't discern much detail so I took a couple of pictures in the hope that I could enlarge them at home enough to identify them. That proved to be the case. They turned out to be Red Knots in their Winter plumage.
It would be much easier if each bird had a name tag! Each season brings in a different batch of birds and I find myself pouring over the books. Last year it was mostly warblers that consumed my time. While there didn't seem to be so many warblers this year (at least I didn't find many), I was able to get out to see a whole new collection of shorebirds. I also realize that this year I have gained more knowledge and experience over last year. That is really encouraging. With time, I will indeed build a bank of info that will enrich the birding experience.