It's wonderful how a little warm air and some sunshine lifts the spirits. Today at lunchtime, Lynn and I took a quick trip to the coast to check out the annual gathering of Bonaparte's Gulls at the mouth of our Oyster River.
Lots of folks were out walking, enjoying temps in the 70's!, and every single one of them had a big smile and a cheery hi. Strangers all, but it feels like we survived a really tough winter together, and have finally come out the other side.
Lynn's photo of Ken, Tom, Sue, Dorie
So, musings aside, we've had a decent week of birding here at West Campus. Five of us met on Tuesday, when it was actually still rather chilly, and checked for bird activity around "the leaf pile". The best find was the immature Cooper's Hawk Ken noticed, perched quietly in a nearby tree.
This weeks' birders: Lynn, Sue, Tom Parlapiano, Ken Keuster, Dorie Petrochko
This weeks' birds:
BIRDING THE MOUTH OF THE RIVER
Scanning Long Island Sound with only binoculars, we wished we'd come with a telescope, then noticed another birder also watching the gulls. We met Nick Bonomo and enjoyed good looks at a Green-winged Teal and Bonaparte's Gulls through his telescope. The Shorebirder blog that I follow is his - so it was good to meet another fellow birder and blogger.
Birds we saw at the coast and nearby marshes today:
Scaup species too far out
Herring, Ring-billed and Great Black-backed Gulls and
Bonaparte's Gull - a big feeding flock