Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wonderful Morning on Little Tybee

After all the excitement of finally getting my book out into the world, it was a real gift to join Captain Rene Heidt for a morning on the water. We went in search of a possible Western Grebe, but did not find one. Instead, we saw many loons and large groups of shorebirds resting on the beaches of Little Tybee at high tide. There were Black-bellied Plovers, Red Knots, Dunlin, Short-billed Dowitchers, Ruddy  Turnstones, Willets, Sanderlings, and Greater Yellowlegs. Ospreys were fishing and Buffleheads were swimming in large groups. The water in the creeks was like glass and the sun was warm. Oh December on the Georgia coast.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Purple Sandpiper Back on Tybee North Beach

Today - Sunday, Nov. 20th - I saw my First of the Year Purple Sandpiper on the rock jetties at the north end of Tybee Island. It was alone, not hanging out with any Ruddy Turnstones. The weather was almost too nice - did not see any loons, grebes, gannets, or ducks.  Diana