Sunday, August 17, 2008

Pausing (tern)

Most of the weekend was spent within view of the ocean, on various benches along the boardwalk. That's a pretty nice way to watch the world go by, I think.

Anyway... I noticed that some of the Laughing Gulls seem to be pulling back their summertime black hoods in favor of a more undistinguished (or is it indistinguishable?) look. The terns still look the same, though I could imagine this one suddenly remembering an appointment someplace to the south.

There were small flocks of peeps feeding back of the jetty and flying, fragile bits of silver and pale russet, among the beachgoers. Telling one from another is impossible, because even among the normally *easy peeps* like sanderling and semi-palms, no two in a dozen look the same at this time of year. They're all a scraggly mix of winter gray and spring red. Shorebirds just escape my abilities!


DK & The Fluffies said...

At first glance, I thought that was a figure in the waves.

Lovely photo!

Jayne said...

Escape your abilities? Then, it's official, there's no help for my shore bird ID as you are the queen Laura! :c)

bobbie said...

Lovely way to spend a weekend. Don't worry about the ID. They know who they are.