Sanderling and Ghost Crab on Little Talbot Island.
This is the largest Ghost Crab I’ve seen. It was a little smaller than my fist.
(Photos were edited for contrast due to fog.)
I spent a lovely afternoon with my wife and my mother-in-law at a local beach today. The usual shore birds were present: Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones, and Willets. The Willets, of course, are in winter plumage.
Most of the Brown Pelicans I saw today were staying quite a bit offshore. Pelicans can appear ponderous, especially while sitting on the water’s surface, but in flight they are surprisingly graceful.
While enjoying the beach and the birds, there was some other flight activity going on to our south.
The Black Diamond Jet Team was practicing for this coming weekend’s air show! We watched them do some various maneuvers in groups and individually.
The birds seemed pretty indifferent to their airspace being shared by these loud metal contraptions.
Here’s a good look at the winter plumage of a Laughing Gull, many of which were walking along the beach.
As the tide came in more people arrived at the beach to surf and swim, most of the birds flew off. The impromptu air show ended, and even the Coast Guard called it a day.
Still shots at Bicentennial Park Beach. The top 3 are of an immature Black-bellied Plover. The bottom three are the same Sanderilng I took a video of here.
Short video of a Sanderling foraging at the beach in Bicentennial Beach Park. Note the “sewing machine” motion as it probes the sand for crustaceans and other food.
Some miscellaneous shots from the beach and from a backyard over the past few days. From the top and the left: Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Willet, Brown Thrasher (2 shots).