Glenmere Lake by Kayak, 10/20/19

I didn’t sleep well last night, but I somehow dragged my butt out of bed this morning and strapped my kayak to the roof of my car. I’m glad I did, because it was a beautiful and crisp morning; the wind was down, the clouds hadn’t completely rolled in yet, making for a pleasant paddle on Glenmere Lake. My main goal (as usual), was shorebirds, but today in addition to a smattering of shorebirds, I found a couple of favorites as well.

~Always a favorite of mine – American Pipit at Glenmere Lake, 10/20/19.~

The bird of the day for me was undoubtedly the American Pipit. There were many on the lake, working all the little “islands” of muck that the shorebirds enjoy so much as well. I would estimate I had at least 75 AMPIs, but it was hard to get any sort of accurate count. I can tell you this: pipits are not like shorebirds (for the most part oblivious to me in the kayak). They are much more jumpy and moved frequently from island to island. I finally made a slow, smooth approach and was able to get a decent pipit shot.

~Another favorite – Rusty Blackbird at Glenmere Lake 10/20/19.~

I worked my way along the shore and came across a mixed flock. I’d noticed some activity and slowly made my way over. Birds seemed to be everywhere around me- Yellow-rumped Warbers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, American Robins, and Cedar Waxwings. Then I noticed a small flock of mixed blackbirds feeding on the ground in the vegetation along the shore. I could first hear and then see several RUSTY BLACKBIRDS among them. I was just settling in to try and get some photos when a Sharp-shinned Hawk flushed just about all the birds. The blackbird flock took off over my head (unfortunately I never did catch up with them again).

~This Cedar Waxwing somehow looks awful young to me. Glenmere Lake, 10/20/19.~

As for shorebirds, I found a pair of Least Sandpipers, (6) Wilson’s Snipe which were flushed by a Cooper’s Hawk, (4) Killdeer, and (6) mystery shorebirds, also flushed by a raptor – not sure which because I kept my binoculars on the shorebirds as they flushed; they flew up over the trees heading west and I watched in my bins until they disappeared in the distance. My best guess for those birds is Dunlin, but we’ll never know. I totaled 39 species, which isn’t too bad for a couple hours or so on the water.

~This sad little Least Sandpiper was keeping a close eye on me. Glenmere Lake, 10/20/19.~
~LESA at Glenmere Lake, 10/20/19.~

4 thoughts on “Glenmere Lake by Kayak, 10/20/19”

  1. With your fine narratives, I join you vicariously in your avian treks. Especially love the vultures picts.

  2. Matt,

    LOVE the Pipit shot and doubt that anyone could do better! The Rusty is so good because it shows the molt and the multi-seasonal plumage all in one bird.
    FANTASTIC as always! Thanks for sharing them.

    1. Thanks so much Ken, glad you like the pics and I always enjoy your take on the wonderful birds we get to see in our area. Thanks for checking in. Matt

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