It may seem a little early to be turning the focus towards the water, usually a woods-are-full-of-bugs summer activity, but the sea and shore birds are here so let's take a look.
A couple of interesting finds. First, the sora on the marsh trail at Plum Island are defying expected behavior this year and are walking around in the open. I saw this one in the medium distance, took its photo, turned and realized I had missed one about five feet in front of me ON THE BOARDWALK.
The black-bellied plover are in fine form this time of year, striking even from long distances. And what's that smaller salmon-colored bird near by? I'm thinking red knot. Also on the marsh trail, Blue-winged teal (yes, I see you, sleepy male) and an approachable least sandpiper.
Some necessary egret shots: A snowy egret from Plum Island A great egret from the bike trail in Riverside, RI. Plum Island ibis, glossy I believe. and a Plum Island willet. Last shore bird: house sparrow (Barrington Beach).