I waited till the first storm ended, checked the radar, and decided to take a chance at a survey before the next front arrived. I hadn't counted on the 30-knot southwest wind blowing on the beach. I started my survey at the jetty so the windblown sand was at my back, which made life bearable and birds visible. And there were birds. A few...
- two pairs of Piping Plovers (sure, much lower than last week's totals, but hopefully these birds may be the ones that end up nesting here.)
-two pairs of Oystercatchers, both looking very amorous and searching for a nice spot to nest high on the beach. I'm guessing that we'll see a nest within the next week or so.
-a few Ruddy Turnstones, not looking too ruddy just yet
-a nice grouping of Purple Sandpipers on the jetty rocks.