By Lena Moser
For our second trip, we ventured out to Scarborough Marsh and surroundings. Highlights were numerous Glossy Ibis, Green-winged Teal, Greater Yellowlegs, and very large rafts of Long-tailed Ducks at Pine Point. We also saw a couple of showy American Oystercatchers at Pine Point, and three species of swallow: Tree, Barn, and Northern Rough-winged.
Raptors were cooperative, too. We had an adult Bald Eagle fly directly over our heads twice, and we had good looks at an Osprey hovering in mid-air, as well as a Sharp-shinned Hawk gaining lift in a thermal. Sebastian spotted a far-off Little Blue Heron in the hazy distance at Pelreco (great eye!) We said "hi" to a friendly, outdoor Siamese cat at Pine Point and had a good discussion about the severe impact of outdoor cat predation on birds. Overall, the day was sunny, warm, and beautiful... we truly enjoyed being out together in the field!