I love my annual beach vacations and I always look forward to seeing shore birds that I don’t see at home. I’m in New Jersey this week, and the salt marshes near us are home to many birds. I believe one of the largest Laughing Gull populations in the world is located here. There are a ton of laughing gulls on the beach. I love the solid black hoods they have during breeding season.
There are also a lot of Black Skimmers on the beach. I love watching them fish. Here’s one that flew right over me with a fish he just caught.
About a mile away from where we are, there is a protected area of the beach set aside for beach nesters–specifically, Black Skimmers, Least Terns, and Piping Plovers. We stopped by last evening to see if we could see any nesters (from outside the ropes protecting the area), but we did not see any.
There are a number of birds feeding babies right off our deck. A mama House Sparrow was feeding four fledglings–here is one of the babies.
There was also a mama robin collecting bugs and worms, but I never saw the babies.
We expected rain almost all day today–but the sun is shining right now and it looks like the storms might hold off until the evening. Time to go enjoy the beach!