A Surprise February Visitor
Just before the Marshy Creek ‘freeze-over’, I had mentioned a couple posts back that we experienced extreme low tides, causing a large mud flat to the left of our Osprey nest platform.
By luck while out on my balcony, I happen to hear a bird that I knew, then saying to myself, “can’t be….that’s a summer bird”. I started scanning the mud flat, heard him again, and then spotted him. It was a Killdeer. Whether is was a local resident or a migrator, I’d never seen nor had any idea Killdeers could survive this far north and wintered around the Chesapeake Bay. Obviously, they do. There were actually a pair to boot!
They visited for about five minutes. I actually heard them the next day but couldn’t spot them. Nothing since, but of course the ice took over the area. No matter, I felt fortunate to capture and document that they were indeed here in February! 🙂