We crossed over to the point, watching the shore birds as they fed on the mud bottom that was still exposed in many places. Besides the numerous sandpipers, there were a several least terns, the smallest of the terns, actively fishing...flitting and hovering and then diving headlong into the water after small fish.
We returned to where the fox skull was recovered. With the water 2 feet lower than it was, I missed the spot, but only for a moment. At this level there is a second lower ledge of spartina that was not noticed before. We backtracked a short way and drifted right up to what was left of the skeleton. This time I could reach in with a bare hand and retrieve it. (backbone, pelvis, leg bone, few ribs, three bones from a foot)
|Red fox bones|
|mute swan nest (abandoned May 24)|
|cygnets hatched about May 24|
We started to spot glossy ibises at the upstream end of the marsh although they are not in the big flock of 50 as they were on Tuesday...that may be due to lower water level during this trip. A few were in mid marsh, but most of the ones we spotted were aloft.
|yellow crowned night heron|