Wednesday, October 2, 2013
During my weekend in Myrtle Beach, I stopped at Huntington Beach State Park and Murrel's Inlet for some last week of summer birding. I consider any birding trip a success if I see one lifer and get a decent picture. Huntington Beach was pristine, not too crowded and an overall lovely time. I didn't make the mile walk to the jetty because of the lateness of the hour, but I would definitely return there someday in the winter and make a day of it.
|Juvenile Semipalmated Plover- a lifer for me. |
I thought it was a Kildeer. Good thing I take pictures first and ask questions later.
|Breeding Ruddy Turnstone|
|An Osprey flew right overhead.|
|These two are both Sanderlings. This one is the adult.|
|This is the juvey.|
|A tree full of Great Egrets|
|Baby alligator in the manmade marsh at Huntington Beach State Park. |
The mama was nearby.
After the mild disappointment of Shelley Lake in summer, I returned home to some interesting bird behavior in my own back yard. Just goes to show, there's no place like home.
|Some juvenile Bluebirds keeping cool in the birdbath. |
A deck railing is the reason for the strange cropping of this photo.
|A third juvey about to take off.|
|It was one of those days when the only place to be was in the water--somewhere, anywhere you could find it.|
This Tufted Titmouse has the right idea. Please don't judge me for this dirty chair.
|A female Ruby Throated Hummer has found my new feeder.|
Were we crazy tromping around in the heat at Shelley Lake in June? I remember the heat was pretty gross and not too much birding excitement to be had, but I will post the pictures of the birds we did see.
|A pair of Rough Winged Swallows|