Sandra and I were headed for Yarmouth this morning (Sept-14th) when Tony Millard called us to say that he and Angie, along with Clyde, had seen an American Avocet at The Guzzle, The Hawk, Cape Sable Island. Of all the lists I keep the CSI one is second only to my world list, so Yarmouth went in the bin and we hot-rubbered it down to the scene of the crime. Calls and texts were made on the way and it was fingers crossed that the avocet, which had flown off a short way, would be re-found.
The initial scans of the area only served to contribute more blood to the Mosquitoes cause. Fog was loitering offshore and, once the land temperature exceeded the sea temperature, then fog would roll in our direction thick and fast. After searching all the potential spots, it was eventually found back near to where it had been originally, but further away so making any photos quite awful. The only thing to do was to play the old waiting game, and wait!
The tide rose and the associated Greater Yellowlegs soon realised what was happening and left, but the avocet stood its ground, only flying a short distance when the water that was continuously lapping at its nethers so inspired it. It chose to sit hidden behind the vegetation for a further hour and a half before finally flying close enough to snap, taking a quick sit on the water then pushing off to hidden spots once again. The obvious question to ask is whether it is the bird seen at Pinkney’s Point from August-30th, 2017 (gone a week or more by now) and the answer is ‘probably not’. There is extensive head shading on the CSI bird and the black in the wing differs but, really, who cares, it’s a CSI American Avocet.
So with this bird being my CSI tick and the Pinkney’s Point bird being my Nova Scotia and Canada tick, I now have a set (of ticks) see, this blog I not just thrown together you know! For those interested, the avocet was CSI bird #264 for me, a total that does not include the shoddily disregarded (read lumped) Thayer’s Gull, more on that in another post.
In my last post I mentioned Blue-grey Gnatycatchers at The Hawk, well they were never seen again, despite extensive searching. It didn’t help that Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlins and Ketrels (both plural) were marauding around The Hawk while we were searching. You can’t blame small birds for keeping their heads down in such circumstances so I’ll have to wait for the next one. In the course of the searching, here are a few casually taken snaps of other species.
Male and female Wilson’s Warbler.
A Bay-breasted Warbler from Kenney Rd, CSI.
American Pipits have arrived plus a Sanderling and small flock of the same, Daniel’s Head, CSI.
The sheep fields at The Hawk are worth stopping for at high tide, below a flock of 18+ Pectoral Sandpipers with other shorebirds
I often mention that there is a link on the sidebar of this blog for various things, my books both cheap and free plus Sandra’s wildlife are. It occurs to me that some viewing the blog my not actually see a sidebar, as you would on a PC, so here is a link to Sandra’s wildlife art page for those interested. The rest of the links also have page tabs on the header, above the blog post you are reading.