Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve 2015 at the Beach

It's no secret that the East Coast is experiencing a remarkable warm spell over the holidays this year. It's been raining most of the time now for three days, we had thunder go by this morning. After it cleared, we headed out to the beach under gloomy skies, in 66 F temperatures, no wind, and muggy air.
The first thing we noticed was a huge raft of ducks sitting just offshore.
Zooming in on them suggests that it is a mixed flock, containing the usual Buffleheads, as well as a goodly fraction of Ruddy Ducks at a minimum.
The water was up in the creek that comes out of Calvert Beach; we had to walk across a makeshift log bridge to go on. Georgia got to do it with her walking stick; I had to do it with Skye II tugging on my arm.
So fog down the beach a ways. We had to stop at the creek in front of Matoaka Cottages.
The Great Blue Heron moved to the Posing Post for an additional photo-op.
And some peeps (Semipalmated Sandpipers) stopped by

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