A couple of one of my favorites -- the Oystercatchers. They have finally returned and I see several of them at low tide. I have far too many pictures of them!!
Another bird that returned around Thanksgiving was the Marbled Godwit. One day there were a dozen of them down at the basin at Ft. Fisher. I love their long pink and brown beaks.
Here they are on a different day.
A Tri-colored heron has been down there frequently.
This is a Ruddy Turnstone which has been frequenting the dock for some reason. Usually you see them digging in the coquina shell beach.
This is a Horned Grebe and they have returned and I am seeing two or three when there are no boats at the dock.
This is the first Red-breasted Merganser I have seen down there.
I also headed over to the Basin pond to see if the Hooded Mergansers have returned. There are still mosquitoes biting away but the Hooded Mergansers are back and in quite a group!
I was surprised to see this Northern Pintail there as well as I have never seen one there before. I also have since seen a Ring-Necked Duck which was a new one at this location as well. They are joined by an occasional Pied Grebe and Bufflehead.
I have very recently been down to my walk along the Ft. Fisher path to the gazebo which is a prime viewing area for water diving ducks. In the past I have seen all sorts of birds down here. So far this year I have only seen the Black Scoters.
This is a female Black Scoter.
These are two male Black Scoters. Hopefully I will see some Surf Scoters or White-winged Scoters or Loons before too long.
I continue to see lots of deer down at the recreation area.
I haven't seen Dunlins down at the beach but certainly have seen lots of them in the recreation field!!
Surprisingly I have also seen a huge number of the Semi-palmated Plovers -- 60 the other day. I am able to get within about 20 feet of them to take pictures. They are not a big bird.
I close this blog with another sunset picture.
I have been doing some sewing but keep forgetting to take down the camera to my sewing room. I have finished the quilting on the Great Egret and have quilted another top that I brought from Rochester. Next I have to get some sewing done for Christmas and I am starting to panic on that front!!