Saturday, July 11, 2015
St. Shott's Sod Farm Challenge
As I scanned the area, all of a sudden I saw a light brown bird in flight showing a very wide wingspan. What was that? I stared in my binoculars going through the process of elimination. It finally dawned on me to get a picture. I raised the camera, but because the coloring of the bird blended in so much with the background, I couldn't see it at all. I just pointed in the direction I thought it might be flying and snapped one shot. Got it! Then, I caught sight of a bird flying out over the water near the tip of the land. I again gambled with the camera rather than the binos and got these few shots.
While I wasn't sure I had actually seen the owl, I continued to wait and look around. After two and a half hours, I gave up and left, hoping my pictures would confirm the bird I saw was an owl. As bad as the shots are, they clearly denote record shots of a Short-eared Owl.
After the flurry of owl action, I continued to scan the ground looking for the Whimbrel. It was then, I caught sight of movement in the distance.
In one shot I counted eleven birds. If I had known the ID of these birds was going to be so troubling, I would have walked out through the mud to see them better. Every day of birding continues to challenge me. I have asked for help to identify these birds.