Sunday, January 24, 2010

Lots of critters in the neighborhood

I was cleaning up the yard Saturday afternoon and found this bee sitting on an orange. It looks like he's missing a wing.

This kingfisher was flying around the channel and he landed on my neighbor's dock. There was already an ibis sitting there. They sat there together for a while eyeing each other. Taken from my bedroom window.

I think this shorebird is lost. He was standing on my neighbor's dock. I think he's a lesser
yellowlegs. We usually don't see shorebirds in the channels. Update from Andrea - it's a spotted sandpiper in non-breeding colors.

The question is how did a dead fish get on my dock? There's been a ton of dead fish floating in the channel from the freeze. I'm assuming a bird, maybe the osprey that hangs out in the channel, picked it up and then just happened to drop it there. Did he leave it there as a present?

Saturday night right before dark the osprey landed on my neighbor's sailboat mast. He usually sleeps there at night.


  1. Actually, I could be wrong but I think your little shorebird is a Spotted Sandpiper in nonbreeding plumage (hence the lack of spots). Lesser Yellowlegs would have a slightly thinner bill with a different shape and more speckled plumage on its back.

    Great blog, by the way! I always enjoy reading your updates on local findings.

  2. Thanks for the comments! I looked up this little bird and couldn't quite get an exact match.