Remember earlier when I wanted to illustrate the difference between WANDERING TATTLER and GRAY-TAILED TATTLER but didn't have good enough photos of the GTTA? Well, an obliging young visitor to the Salt Lagoon the other day remedied that.
Here is a GRAY-TAILED trying to blend in with the omnipresent ROCK SANDPIPERS:
Taking a closer look below, a couple of things should stand out. First, you can see that the pale supercilium fades slightly but still EXTENDS BEHIND THE EYE:
Look again from farther away:
For comparison, look at this WANDERING TATTLER below. Any hint of the supercilium behind the eye?
Here are the two species side-by-side. Look specifically at that supercilium-behind-the-eye mark:
Anyway, moving on. The juvenile LESSER SAND-PLOVER is still reliable on Pumphouse Lake (we're on day 10 for this bird):
Haven't heard of a Sand Martin before? It's another name for BANK SWALLOW, in case you were wondering. Cropping it off-center, making it black-and-white, and boom, it's art:
In closing, here's a view of town you haven't seen before on my blog: