During the last couple of days we made an excursion to a favored strip of sand in the charming town of Wrightsville Beach. And each year I don't see much there. Oh, there are the occasional Brown Pelicans. And a Willet or two. And terns a good bit out, fishing. I've even seen Rock Doves (a.k.a Pigeons). As always, the ubiquitous birds are Laughing Gulls. They are well adapted to beach visitors, patrolling regularly (for handouts or an unguarded lunch) and even stationing themselves as sentries every few dozen yards or so. I had the fortune of a sentry that is a second year bird. At this age the plumage is nearly complete except for the grey cap instead of the all-black adult head. But this bird was assertive and even charged an adult in my seeing. Still, it was all slow doings. Better luck next year!
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!