Skimmers stretching and preening. Getting ready for bed.
Laughing gulls taking a bath.
Sandwich tern flyby.
Little plovers all hunkered down. This was taken far away. They were hiding behind the barricaded area.
I'm not sure what this is. I think it's a least sandpiper. There were a few there bathing right before dark.
Skimmers flying over the beach.
One of my last chances to stop by Gandy beach on my way home from work. Next week it will be dark when I leave work. I got there just before the sun went down behind the trees. The birds immediately went to work getting ready for bed. They were all bathing, preening or stretching. Many of the birds were behind the concrete barricades that block the end of the beach. There used to be signs that say "No driving past this point." but now there are signs saying "No Trespassing." It's just a tiny little spot before the beach turns into rock and seawall. Hopefully that will keep people out and the birds can rest.
I hate it when the time changes. I'm sure most people do. Why does the traffic get so bad in the dark? Now my quick 25 minute drive home from work will become at least 45 minutes. And I don't get to see anything going on in the bay. At least in the summer if I"m stuck in traffic on the bridge I can watch the pelicans and osprey fly by and look for dolphins. Now all I can do is stare at the car in front of me. Oh well, mid March will come soon enough.