Friday, August 5, 2011
Friends and Peeps
The last couple of miles of the river are essentially a grassy tidal flat, so the lowering tide exposed lots of mud on the banks.
I originally thought this guy was a Sanderling, but I’m not wonderful at identifying peeps, and now I’m not so sure. It’s nice that he and his friends were so cooperative about letting me take a series of pictures that could be reviewed later.
He’s definitely in the Calidris genus, but that’s where it gets more tricky.
Sanderling, which its brown color and face marks make less likely, it’s either a White-rumped or Least Sandpiper. I was able to rule out lots of the similar peeps based on the color of the legs (many candidates have black legs and could be ruled out), the size, the location (CT seacoast) and the behavior, but I’m really stuck between these last two. Pretty guy, nonetheless.
After reviewing the photos together, my dad and I have decided pretty firmly that these guys are Least Sandpipers.
Belted Kingfishers scoping the river for their lunch. They were a bit wary of us, so we never got too close. Fortunately, as they’re the only CT Kingfisher, they were an absurdly easy ID.
Saltmarsh Sparrow. There’s really nothing else it could be, but I worry that I may be wrong anyway, since all the entries I’ve read on these guys talk about their secretive behavior, and the two I’ve met have been quite unconcerned about my boat as it drifts closer and closer.
The crabs are definitely some kind of Fiddler Crab, but if you take a second and look up that genus of crabs, you’ll find a dizzying array of species. I gave up after a few minutes.
Regardless of the species, I like the composition of the shot.
Labels: belted kingfisher, Ben, birds, fiddler crab, Hammonasset River, Jeremy, kayak, least sandpiper, osprey, saltmarsh sparrow
Location: Hammonasset River
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