Rainy days…

It’s the first time this season that my field work day has become a wash.  Rain has been falling since 10 a.m. and looks to continue through the evening.    Yesterday, I was able to go out early in the morning and then later in the afternoon…

…in between rain events that is.

So far, 113 Wilson’s Plover chicks have been banded and much of my time these days is spent surveying areas to re-sight individuals.  These birds are beginning to come together in groups.   I’m always checking their legs to see if there are color bands adorning them.

Their behavior amuses me lately… love that some birds find our old shoe tracks suitable for hunkering down in.  If you look closely, you’ll notice there’s a Wilson’s Plover head peering out of the ground on the left side of the photo below.

I also went to Grand Isle yesterday to help Jed Pitre.  He is monitoring a Least tern colony in Grand Isle State Park for the American Bird Conservancy.  A temperature logger that documents how often the nest is incubated had been placed in one of the nests and was scheduled to be removed.  Said nest was in the process of hatching with one chick and one egg in the nest cup.

There is signage in the park that helps rope off and protect the colony from foot traffic.  My favorite signs are those that were designed by kids.  Don’t hate the birds.  Love the birds.

Now a days, I am seeing more and more older/fledged birds…

…but still there are some chicks out there that aren’t able to fly just yet.

When given the chance I will catch, band, and collect data on said individuals.

Some birds are easier to catch than others. Wilson’s Plovers usually give me a pretty good workout… but it is so worth it.

Running away seems to come naturally to these birds.  Hopefully, I’ll see them flying soon.

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10 Responses to Rainy days…

  1. Anonymous says:

    more stunning photographs, thank you. as always, i love knowing how to think about you out and about in the beauty of southen louisiana. thanks for sharing the meaningful work you do. big love, KLL.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Awesome pictures, miss you girl. We are going to Tally this weekend, we hoe to see Greer and Josh. We will be thinking of you.

  3. Michelle Davis says:

    Awesome!! Thank you for sending this-I love keeping up with your adventures! You really live a beautiful life! xx

  4. Delaina, I am so touched by your beautiful work, and your obvious love for the individual birds.
    Much love to you
    Patricia Dunbar

  5. Sherry says:

    You are, as ever, amazingly talented and dedicated. Love that these creatures have you watching out for them. Beautiful work. Thanks for sharing. Hugs.

  6. Martin says:

    Good stuff, miss you.

  7. Gail says:

    Far away or up close, great shots.
    Gail

  8. Anonymous says:

    These are so beautiful – love the baby Nightjar!

  9. wrriley says:

    Hey Girl! Love your posts so much. I’ve left Tally and headed back west. Hope we can catch up soon! Wendy

  10. Lauri Barber says:

    Beautiful, sweet, enduring :)) Love the post! And LOVE you!

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