Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Still too hot to bird!

With temperatures ranging from 95 - 100° F, I haven't felt much like going out of the air conditioner. However, I was able to get out a few times early in the mornings before the heat of the day and swarms of people to see if anything was moving birdwise.

I checked the beach at East Fork SP, and was able to find a Least Sandpiper.

Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper

While watching the Least, another peep flew in. Luckily, they were close enough that I didn't need my scope (the way I like it).

Since I have been feeling a little rusty on my birding skills as of late, I welcomed the chance to practice my peep ID.

The two peeps joined up, giving me the chance to compare them. I was quickly able to ID the one that joined the Least as a Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Semipalmated and Least Sandpiper
Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers

The size difference is only slight really. The Semi sand has black legs, while the Least has yellow legs. This is not always discernible though.

Semipalmated and Least Sandpiper

Semipalmated and Least Sandpiper

Semipalmated and Least Sandpiper


The Semipalmated appears longer legged to me. Here is a pic of it by itself.

Semipalmated Sandpiper


Also, been seeing lots of deer on my morning walks. Here are a few pics of fawns from a few weeks ago (because I like baby pics).

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9 comments:

  1. It is major hot here also. Glad you got some great captures!

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  2. Great to have them side by side for comparison like that Donald.

    I can't imagine heat like that. Sounds a bit too much :-(

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  3. Good series Donald!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  4. Too hot to bird. Now that's an original concept!!
    Here on eastern U.K. we've got a great passage north of Shearwaters and Storm Petrels due to a persistant north wind but too hot..........never. We had a Semi Palmated last year but a Least would bring every birder in the UK to Northumberlands beautiful coast!

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  5. Nice shots of the shorebirds at East Fork! I love the shot of the twins fawns! Did you see them at East Fork also?

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  6. Pat, all photos in this post were taken somewhere at East Fork.

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  7. A wonderful series of images... thanks for sharing.

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  8. Hi Donald , great set of photos there , really interesting to see how different both peeps are together like that.
    all the best
    Rob

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