Birding is pretty tough when the weather is windy and cloudy. I decided to check out the LaGoons today, just had to get out of the casa. Am I ever glad I did because I found one more bird that is way out of it’s range. The Surf Scoter (click on the link), doesn’t belong this far south. Another pat-on-the-back for Oly!
Moving along, I’m heading towards a flock of sandpipers hunkered down from the wind when I see another bird I don’t remember seeing here before. This is a Black-bellied Plover. As you can see, while this plover is not really out of range, it isn’t very common here either.
This bird was very suspicious of me, so I keep my distance and walk down the beach to where I had seen the other sandpipers. I see a mixed bag of birds moving quickly away from me. Here’s a good comparison shot of, left to right, a Western Sandpiper(dark legs), Least Sandpiper(yellowish legs) and a Semipalmated Plover.
A flock of Blue-winged Teal fly by with the sun casting bad light (for photographing) behind them.
And an Elegant Tern pleases my eyes as it flies nearly overhead.
I find a turtle nest that was laid during the night. The ATVs have almost driven over it so I dig up some big sticks out of the brush to put around it. Maybe this will discourage people from riding over the nest. As you can see from this picture, the nests are almost impossible to see.
I wasn’t going to post the following photo, but my friends urged me to do so. Obviously, turtles have a lot of issues facing their existence. When I was pulling sticks out of the brush to mark the nest I found the following: a dead turtle someone had wired a harness around probably to drag behind a boat or drag on the beach (see the scuffs on it’s back) to, maybe their car and then left it behind. This was no accident! This is fencing-type wire carefully wrapped around the shell. How sad.
I’m in deep thought as a Western Gull watches me leave the lagoons once more. Bye, bye for now. Chris & Debbie