Yesterday, as I walked the trail through the marshy dunes from the beach to our condominium (Long Beach, WA), I spotted birds I’d never seen before.
Fortunately, I had my Panasonic with telephoto so I was able to get good enough shots to determine they are Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus). “Sexual roles are reversed in phalaropes, with smaller duller-plumaged males incubating eggs and raising the young.” *
Today there is no sign of them, but a lone Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) called out from the meadow and was perched high enough above the dune grass to get a photo so I could identify it.
Here today, gone tomorrow — the evanescent essence of migration!
small flock bobs in marsh
swimming in circles pecking
at surface for grub
warbles atop meadow shrub
wide open solo
*Birds of the Puget Sound Region; Paulson, Morse, Aversa, Opperman.