Spotted Sandpiper and Killdeer at Ball’s Falls: August 2020

There is a spot at Ball’s Falls where Spotted Sandpiper and Killdeer seem very used to people and allow a close approach.

Spotted Sandpiper (juvenile)
Killdeer

Adult Spotted Sandpipers have big black spots on the breast during breeding season.

Spotted Sandpiper

The ones that I saw on this day are juveniles. All spotted sandpipers “teeter’ as they walk which helps other family members find them against a background of moving water.

Spotted Sandpiper (juvenile)
Spotted Sandpiper (juvenile)
Spotted Sandpiper (juvenile)
Spotted Sandpiper (juvenile)
Spotted Sandpiper (juvenile)
Spotted Sandpiper (juvenile)
Spotted Sandpiper (juvenile)
Spotted Sandpiper (juvenile)
Spotted Sandpiper (juvenile)

Killdeer are named after their loud “kill – deer” calls.

Killdeer
Killdeer
Killdeer
Killdeer

Other flyers:

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Gray Catbird
American Robin
American Robin (juvenile)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
American Goldfinch (male)
Indigo Bunting (male)
Eastern Pondhawk
Bee
Meadowhawk
Blue Dasher
Whirligig Beetles
Blue Dasher
Twelve-spotted Skimmer (male)
Spicebush Swallowtail

Thanks to Ken Sproule for assistance in insect identification.

NATURE POETRY

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What would life be without homegrown tomatoes?
Only two things that money can’t buy
That’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.     – Guy Clark (1941–2016)

Miles Hearn

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