Shore Birds

Laughter at the Beach

If you were a paranoid person, you might mistaken the high pitched laughs at the beach for a women making fun of you.  In reality, you are hearing the LOL of the laughing gull, a medium sized gull of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Dozens of these medium sized gulls hang out in the shallow […]

Skimmers Galore!

Florida hosts many species of birds in the winter due to its mild climate. For some birds the Florida peninsula is the gateway to South American wintering spots. For others Florida is the place to be. One of my favorite local places to see winter migrants is a tiny beach on the Gulf Coast – […]

A Warm Winter’s Day in Florida

Anne and I woke up on this January morning in Florida to temperatures in the low 70s. This is even unusually warm for a Florida winter. We decided to take advantage of the nice day by heading over to the Gulf coast to Fort Island Gulf Beach. Wearing shorts and short sleeve shirts, we grabbed […]

What do Birds do During a Hurricane?

Anne and I hunkered down in our daughter and son-in-laws’ home on Long Island when hurricane Sandy struck the New York area. We were there for our granddaughter’s christening the day before the brunt force of the storm hit. Outdoor pictures of blowing hair with baby Teagan in front of the church were evidence that […]

It’s a Killdeer, Not a Piping Plover – Trust Me

“Gary, you have to come right away to the golf course,” a Bethpage State Park superintendent demanded. “There is a piping plover nesting near the ninth hole.” He was concerned because this species of plover is a federally threatened species and if he was correct, the area would have to be closed off to afford protection […]