When my husband and I arrive at the boardwalk, by bike or car, we never know what awaits us any particular day. While we can know the weather forecast, including wind speed and direction, what cloud cover to expect and the tidal conditions, we can never predict what animals we’ll see.
Such was the case when we arrived at the boardwalk recently. A Herring Gull, a common sight and sound in the area makes us feel at home by the bay.
Its plaintive cry is louder than a chorus of tiny Bonaparte’s Gulls, who make a croak-like sound when they are calling.
Nearby a Greater Yellowlegs fed among the tidal pools created by the falling tide.
Three Semipalmated Plovers were well hidden among the exposed rocks.
A Mourning Dove watched from a nearby tree
and an Eastern Chipmunk turned away when we didn’t offer peanuts.
At a feeder near the turn-about, a Red Squirrel had conquered the squirrel-proof feeder and was enjoying brunch.
My husband caught sight of movement in the tree where we had previously seen an Osprey and surprisingly, this time a mature Bald Eagle was watching the bay.
It was aware of its human admirers but outlasted our observations.
It was amazing to watch as it turned its head 180 degrees as it observed us.
Before we left the area, we were glad to see a Great Blue Heron, which could have been the one which frequents the area, out in the bay, watching for its next meal too.
Another great day with the animals along the boardwalk!