A male Harrier crosses the marsh along the beach.......
A Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow
Long Wharf- the Brant show continues......
a few of the approx. 500 Brant feeding on the tidal flats of Long Wharf
Arriving Brant backlit from sunrise
Startled by a back-firing truck
another flock flying into the inner harbor
The inner Harbor by the Amistad Pier- the rich black plumage of this Fish Crow is softened by the warm colors of dawn. Being an artist, this interplay between natural surroundings and feathers is exciting! These images clearly show this. If any of my students are reading this blog, I hope this inspires your creativity!!
A stunning Gadwall drake in full plumge ( early for late Oct.) (digi-scoped)
hen Common Goldeneye
Drake Hooded Merganser (above) and with a immature drake Bufflehead (below)
Two immature drake Buffleheads. Field notes: large size (compare to Hooded Merganser above), larger light colored bill, white spot beginning to extend to back of their larger heads, white feathers developing in upper side pockets and lateral scapulars. Side pockets also have developing dark edging along the upper margin. Also- (not visble in the images) when the birds rolled over in the water to preen their breasts, the feathering was pure white, with larger "purplish" tarsus and feet (developing color on immy drakes) between the hens Gray color and the drakes Pink color. When their full wings were exposed, the white shoulder coverts were clearly visible.