In preparation for the summer canyon pelagic, I carved a few more decoys to add to the other summer canyon species I had already carved. It would have been fun deploying the decoys off the stern of the Lady Frances in the chum slick!
The birds I had originally carved were a Pomarine Jaeger, Greater Shearwater, and a Sabine's Gull. My new decoys were a Wilson's Storm-Petrel-
And a Bridled Tern standing on a buoy wrapped in floating Sargassum Weed-
Since the trip was cancelled and I was waiting for oil paint to dry on a decoy, why not go Shorebirding?
It was low tide that morning, and I had been wanting to try and photograph the Long-billed Dowitcher feeding, so I drove down to Bond's Cove in Stratford. While I was watching the feeding Shorebirds from the Broad Street Bridge, I heard a friendly voice say "Good Morning Keith". It was Frank Mantlik stopping by on his morning rounds. He also had reserved his spot on the Rhode Island pelagic that was cancelled. But Frank was fortunate to be on board the record breaking BBC overnight Canyon Pelagic in August ( I had to drop out of because of a last minute re-scheduling conflict) which tallied two Baralo's Shearwaters, a Red-billed Tropicbird and numerous Band-rumped and White-faced Storm-Petrels-WOW!!
After Frank took off on his rounds, the tide falling tide exposed more of the mud flats and the Shorebird numbers built. The Long-billed Dowitcher was still there (right) with a Short-billed Dowitcher (left)-
Long-billed (top) and Short-billed (bottom)-
With Greater Yellowlegs-
There were many Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the Cove that day, and they would often startle the Shorebirds as they glided low over the mud flat into the Cove.-
Long-billed Dowitcher with a small flock of Short-billed Dowitchers-
Good comparative studies of flying Long-billed and Short-billed Dowitchers. The Long-billed is in the middle-
Second from left-
Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were plentiful as well-
A good comparative shot of a Great and a Snowy Egret-
The same Oystecatcher pair with the fledgling with the growth on its forehead-
The Black-bellied Plovers were moving around-
This flock had two Ruddy Turnstones and a single Short-billed Dowitcher in it-
Great Blue Heron-
After fifteen minutes, the Ibis and took off and flew over Beach Street and settled in on the Egret roost along the creek. The bird flew off the perch into the small marsh. It was located later after I left. Good find John!
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