Saturday, September 27, 2008

Beach Cleanup

This morning we decided to give a hand at cleaning up two of our local beaches. After the frost a couple of days ago, today was glorious. Just like summer again. Sunny, hardly any wind and in the 20's. About a dozen of us showed up and between us two of the beaches were done in a matter of a few hours. We were then treated to a lunch of pizza and juice. Met some new people so all in all it was a great morning. Something I rarely think to do when I go anywhere is take the camera, but today I did.

The first few arrivals at the cook house.

I don't know what this bird is. Some sort of sandpiper I think.


Then this strange old bird with his garbage bag lending a hand. lol

And, a bit of scenery.

Oops missed this one. Sandpiper, I think, again.


Janine said...

The shorebird is some type of plover, cant help you with that other one all in black though! :)

oldcrow61 said...

Thanks Janine, I looked up pictures of plovers and I'm sure that's what it is although I can't find one exactly like this one. As to the one in black, I have a handle on that one, lol.

Yoke said...

Yep, Plover was my immediate thought also. I leave it to Pete and the others to ID it properly.

Love the pictures.

Tricia said...

I'm not going to be original in saying it looks like a Plover (of some type) to me also.

The male "blackbird" is something I haven't seen in any books though LOL!

Carin Fuchs said...

As the saying goes: You live to learn!
I thought the birds of the corvid family are - almost - the only ones who are smart enough to know that it is important to store food. But the rather tall black crow (or raven?) in your pictures seems to have made a quite extraordinary 'evolutionarly jump'! He even carries a large plastic bag with him to collect and store food and he knows that it is important to keep ones feet warm by wearing white socks! Really smart birds you've got over there! LOL LOL

I like your pictures a lot, makes me want to go on vacation. Can I visit? LOL LOL I would even volounteer to help cleaning up the beach though I am usually quite angry about the people who seem to consider a beach or a park for that matter as one huge wastebin!

oldcrow61 said...

lol, you guys are a riot! I've had a good laugh this morning re: your comments on the big black bird.
Carin, you can pack your bags and come anytime,lol. I found two shoes, not matching, broken beer bottles, paper cups, etc. on the beach pick up. And there are bins there for people to put their garbage. Honestly, I don't know what's wrong with some people.

Carin Fuchs said...

Yes, sure! I can pack my bags and come anytime!
Only to give you the chance to chase me up and down the beach to find the maching shoes? NO WAY!!!!!!!!!!


oldcrow61 said...

Ha,ha, ha, Carin, I can just picture it.

Juli said...

How beautiful the frost is. So quiet and magical.

Oddly, we have sandpipers here in Missouri. I was born here but grew up in the South, mainly Florida, and was so surprised to start seeing sandpipers in the Ozarks. The world is changing swiftly.

Your beaches are glorious and I can hear them saying "Thank you so much" all the way from here :)

Border Reiver said...

Hi Oldcrow, I'm pretty certain it's a Ringed Plover "Charadrius hiaticula", possibly a first year bird. I don't think it's a sub species found in Canada. If BB reads this I'm sure he'll confirm.

They are lovely little birds found all over the northern hemisphere. There's also the related Little Ringed Plover which is tiny, but these are normally found inland.

oldcrow61 said...

Thanks BR, I figured I could count on you.

Pete said...

well I'll disagree with BR :D

I'd say it Semi Palmated Plover - to be fair they are virtually identical except call BUT Ringed is regular but rare whereas Semi P is common on beaches according to my field guide.

oldcrow61 said...

Pete, now I am confused. Nothing for it but to haul out my books. It does look like a Semi P in the third picture but in the second picture it looks like it could be a Charadrius hiaticula. Both are found here. Of course I could have taken the pictures of two different birds as I didn't take them at the same time.