Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Close to Home
Speaking of close to home, I saw something yesterday (twice!) that I have never seen before. I was taking a short break sitting on my deck yesterday. My home is in the direct path of seagulls flying south in the morning and north in the evening. However, I have never seen a shorebird fly over. Well, yesterday some type of shorebird flew over (lower than the light post), and I was so surprised I could only stare at it. It wasn't a Greater Yellowlegs, but beyond that I have no idea what it was. I was shaking my head because I missed getting an ID.
Well, around 3:30 I headed up Major's Path on my way to Kent's to get a part for my pressure washer when another shorebird flew across the road in front of me. Again, unprepared for the event, I just stared. I could see a white rump very clearly on this bird. Was it a White-rumped Sandpiper? It seemed bigger, but who knows? Two unknown birds close to home yesterday, and I basically missed them both. I guess it is fair to say, "Shorebirds are on the move."