A beautiful, sunny day at the beach has temporarily cured me of the "birding blues". Last Friday, I drove along coastal Highway 90 in Harrison County and stopped at a few of the piers and marinas, where I received a good dose of bird therapy...
First stop- Ken Combs Pier
Unfortunately, the pier remains closed due to severe storm damage, but sources report that it should soon be repaired. However, it's a great spot to view coastal birds- they hang out along the shoreline, low sand dunes and rock jetties around the pier.
|File photo from March 2014|
|Taking an early morning bath|
|Rock Pigeons in a passionate moment|
|Love, sweet love :)|
|A curious (or jealous) onlooker?|
|Several Laughing Gulls splashed around near shore|
|A few Ruddy Turnstones made an appearance|
|Numerous Black Skimmers basked in the sun along the shoreline|
|They took flight as I approached...|
|While some descended upon a sand hill offshore,|
|Many of the skimmers made a wide loop and returned|
As I started to leave, my attention turned to a vast flock of migrating birds descending upon treetops and a hotel roof across the highway. Hundreds of them made several circles around the building then momentarily roosted in a tall tree. I tried to zoom in close enough to see if I could identify them, but they were too far away.
I took way too many photos of my day trip to publish in one post, so there's more to come. Thank you for stopping by!