You are not really here to see shorebirds are you? C’mon, fess up. You want to see birders in Hawaiian shirts. Well, I’ll get to that.
I first heard about the Hawaiian Shirt Shorebird Safari back in June when I attended the Bloggers who Blog, Tweet and Chirp outing. I was chatting with Laura about birds, birding, our cats, and trips she has led; when she mentioned this crazy thing they do with the Brookline Bird Club. They all wear Hawaiian shirts and leis while scouring South Beach for shorebirds in migration. I instantly fell in love with the idea and resolved to go.
I drove up the day before and spent the night with Laura and Mark. We had to be at the meeting place at 8:30 am; the boat to South Beach left at 9. (We used Rip Ryder in Chatham $25.00.) As soon as we arrived, it was obvious this was not your usual birding trip.
While Laura checked on the boat, Mark put out the box of leis. I was wearing a cobalt blue shirt with hibiscus flowers and macaws on it. Pretty snazzy, huh. A multi-colored lei just added to the chaos. The trip across to the spit was uneventful. As we were wading to shore, a shouted “Whimbrel!” made us all look up. Nice. On shore, scope legs were quickly slid out and the real business of the day began.
There were Semi-palmated Plovers, Sanderlings, Short-billed Dowitchers, and a few Red Knots.
There were hundreds maybe even thousands of Terns including a few fly-by Roseates. There were Herring, Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls.
There was as a Ruddy Turnstone determined to dig a hole to China in search of sand worms.
Can you see it there in the bottom left?
We birded sitting,
There were a lot of shorebirds, we ended up with 51 species. The Godwits put on quite the show.
Big aloha thank you to Laura
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