mostly birds, back to wooden stuff next week

I’ve been back & forth lately. Maine, here, North Carolina – now here, then Martha’s Vineyard. Then here for a few weeks. Here’s some non-woodsy shots, mostly. This flock of shorebirds wheeled & spun – moments later Marie & I spotted a peregrine falcon bearing down on them. I love how they turn this way & that – and the color changes. this is the backs of these birds:

This is the same flock a split-split second later, from the fronts/bellies. So when you get to see this, it’s light/dark/light/dark until they land again to feed some more.

Semipalmated plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)

Dunlin (Calidris alpina) silhouetted against the water.

Those were at Plymouth beach. We went to Maine to see the Common Ground fair – took the kids for a walk one evening. The ocean is always the best place for playing – no place we go is more consistently engaging.

This is an island reached by a causeway. Lots of driftwood, which we don’t see at Plymouth much. Daniel peeked inside. I noted what happened to this log – the growth rings are separating completely. Some mad twist too.

Spoons growing everywhere. No cutting allowed though…

Back at Plymouth Beach, stretching is important. This is, I think, a Laughing gull (Leucophaeus atricilla)

And we hit the beach just right to see a bunch of migrating butterflies – many were monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus)

Earlier, at home, found this cooper’s hawk (Accipiter cooperii) under the bird feeders one day.

and a rare moment when the blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) was quiet and still.

Our friend Rick DeWolf has been infected with the horror vacuii – and made this gate to keep his dog in (or out, I forget which). Despite being able to make this, Rick is still coming to our hurdle-making class later this month. A couple of spaces left. there will be no carving though. https://www.plymouthcraft.org/riving-hurdlemaking-weekend

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3 thoughts on “mostly birds, back to wooden stuff next week

  1. Love the rocky Maine coast. What birds were those flying in the first 2 pics?

    Had a lot of fun learning to carve crooked spoons at Roy’s. just finishing up on the applewood crooked
    Spoon. Gone to the other side with facets too, loving the smooth feel of the apple

  2. Hi Peter,
    Rick’s gate is quite a trick.
    Thank’s for the hawk photo and locale. Once upon a time I lived in a place with a bird-feeder by the porch, a good place to have that first coffee on a frosty morn. Sitting there one day I was startled by a blur of dark olive that barrelled from the tunnel of vegetation around the path and shot over the bird-feeder. At last I had an explanation for the occasional clump of scattered Zosterops feathers, karearea, Falco novaeseelandiae, had come knocking.
    Anecdote aside, what do you guess your hawk is after?
    Graeme

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