Thursday, June 28, 2012

Piping Plover 6/28/12 Mfd Pt, juv, female; 6/29 adult

Below a female PIPL at Milford Point spit, probably molting head and body feathers:

Below a short video of the single remaining offspring of the 4 chicks hatched by the PIPL couple that nest most westward on the western extension of the spit.  The other 3 chicks were probably lost to an extremely high tide.  We saw this bird fly, so he is now a fledgling (or juvenile):

Two photos of a Spicebush Swallowtail today on our Buddleia.  Notice the greenish tint on the doral hindwing--this probably indicates it is a male.

Piping Plover adult from East Broadway 6/29/12  One of two adults tending single chick/juvenile
Notice wear on coverts

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

White-rumped SP video

A brief video of one of at least 14 White-rumped Sandpipers at Milford Point on June 7, 2012:

E Bway juveniles 34 days old 6/26/12

Here's a brief video of the 3 East Broadway juveniles (they fledged about 6 days ago) on their 34th day.  They've remained at their East Broadway location, usually tended closely by both the male and female adults.  Today the adult was tending them as they were resting in the wrack.
Photos of dad and two of the juveniles:

Monday, June 18, 2012

E Bway PIPL 6/18/12

This evening the 3 E Bway chicks, now about 26 days old, were tended by the male only.  Here's a brief video of a few chicks and dad:

Monday, June 11, 2012

First wing exercise, E Bway chick 6/11/12

Brief video ending with one of 3 E B'way chicks exercising its wing at 18 days (6/11/12)

Sunday, June 10, 2012

PIPL 2 wks E Bway 6/6/12, Ambush Bug

Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata erosa) Eisenhower Park

Ambush bugs (family Phymatidae) ambush insect prey
2 week-old chick E Broadway 6 June 12
Summer Azure at Eisenhower Park

2 week-old PIPL chick, E Broadway 6 June 12
Adult male tending 3 chicks E B'way 6 June 12

Thursday, June 7, 2012

More White-rumped SPs, 6/7/12

On 7 June 12 at least 14 White-rumped Sandpipers were at the Francis Street spit at Milford Point.  Above, a short video, then a few photos.

Monday, June 4, 2012

White-rumped Sandpipers 4 June 12 Mfd Pt

A series of photos and a video of some White-rumped Sandpipers at the Francis St spit of Milford Point on 4 June 12.  Birds of North America says this about their migration:
This small Nearctic sandpiper migrates from its principal breeding ground in the Canadian Arctic to the southern extremities of South America, one of the longest animal migrations in the Western Hemisphere. Much of its migration is made in a few, long, non-stop flights, each of which can last as long as 60 hours and transport these birds up to 4,000 kilometers, powered by extensive body fat. Such fat reserves are laid down at key migration staging areas—wetlands where food is especially abundant—making this bird particularly vulnerable to loss of strategic habitat.