Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Late Spring at Plymouth Beach

Common terns, Laughing Gull and Black Skimmer, Plymouth Beach, Plymouth, MA

Last year I didn't make it to Plymouth Beach until mid-summer. This year, I thought I'd get a head start. A gorgeous day, tide just beginning to go out. Highlight: a black skimmer (kindly pointed out to me by a fellow observer of wildlife). Quite a looker...

A little more elegant in flight.

The least terns continue to hate me. (I don't hate you, least terns. You don't need to dive bomb me).

Other highlight, see if you can tell below.

Here's a clue.

Yes, piping plover chicks. I counted six on my walk, without looking very carefully.

The semi-palm plovers don't seem to have arrived yet in larger numbers. I thought this one struck a particularly elegant pose.


Susan W. said...

Excellent trip. I'd kill to see a Black Skimmer, myself!

Peter Oehlkers said...

I highly recommend it, although it is a long walk on a hot day (and you'll need to dodge dive-bombing terns). Last year the black skimmers were nesting near the point all summer.