As is our habit every July, we take a little time to visit Wrightsville Beach where my beloved enjoys the beach (and I do my best to avoid the sun). One of my strategies for coexisting with these sunbaked strips of silicates is to watch birds. Brown Pelicans are always interesting -- and plentiful. Whimbrels are visible from time to time. But the Big Daddy is always the Laughing Gull. These characters are endlessly fascinating. One behavior is that certain large areas have an alpha male who "laughs" hardest and pushes out the lesser boys when good eats are found. That isn't happenstance. It seems sentries are posted every fifty to one hundred feet as far as the eye can see and when one gull gets a nibble from the pink slobs (i.e., people) it calls the alarm and gulls are soon everywhere! It is hilarious how sad-eyed the sentries seem to be. One almost wonders if this is a behavior that's been refined for the dozens of decades people have spent on the beach. I think it's just guilt tripping by the people. I watch. Never feed. Let others start the fun!
This Wingscapes BirdCam enthusiast and keeper of a well-stocked "bird cafe" has been watching birds in Cary for over 18 years. I adopted the BirdCam in December 2007 and have been working with the product daily, recording over 35 species locally and gaining significant experience with the use of this amazing device. I'm not a "power birder." While I enjoy birdwatching in the field, I appreciate the simple delights of the birds found in my own backyard or in places just down the street. These are truly interesting places and I never tire of the little stories told every day in those places. The birds are central to this experience, but expect me to talk about the things that also are part of the birdwatching experience here at Cary BirdCam, from buying bird seed to crunching numbers in the logbook. Thanks for being a reader!