Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wilson's Plover chicks on Jekyll

Isn't the Wilson's Plover chick cute? There are two down at Jekyll Point.
Thanks to Marvin Smith for sharing his pictures with me.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wood Stork Chicks are growing up

My, how fast they grow up! Here are the Wood Stork chicks on May 20, 2011 at the Amphitheater pond on Jekyll Island

Yesterday, they were up and looking for food

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Handsome birds

Aren't these Black-bellied Plovers handsome. I saw them because I pulled off the road to let a car pass. It is Diamond-back Terrapin time on the Jekyll Causeway. These terrapins are looking for a place to lay their eggs so they are crossing the road. I drive slowly to watch for them. I was rewarded with these birds. The plovers will be leaving us soon. But don't worry they will be back in late July or early August.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Babies on the beach

This morning I was out at Jekyll Point to see how the Wilson's Plovers were doing. At the moment it looks like only one pair has chicks. There were three lone males standing along the beach. Two of these birds were singing their "Kitter, Kit, Kit" song. Here is one of the males.
This is a one of the chicks in the dunes. I tried to get better photos but this little guy was racing around.Here is an arrow to show the chick as it runs away.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Grandmothers and Granddaughters

One of my focuses is to make more birders. My concern is not for making listers or scientists but just that folks enjoy birds. Whether it is in the backyard or traveling the world or somewhere in between, I want to know that birds are being seen and cared about. Because when people care they are more likely to be part of the solutions to hard conservation problems. Well on Friday, I watched as grandmothers and granddaughters share time together. They chose to go birding. It was a treat to see caring and communication thru birds.
Here is Mary and her granddaughter Hannan

Friday, May 13, 2011

Time out for an award

Whoa! Where did the time go? At the end of April I was putting the finishing touches on my TogetherGreen Fellowship Grant Application. I got it in on time on May 2 and then I have been working every day from well before the sun rises to well after dark. There was a Shorebird Workshop from Atlanta. On Monday there was the All Women’s Birding Bust. By the way we found 140 species most of those in Glynn County. It broke my record for one day of birding in Glynn County. More on that later
But today, I had a meeting to attend. The National Society of the Daughters of The American Revolution honored me with an award for my conservation work.
It reads “The National Society of the Daughters of The American Revolution Conservation Committee Dedicated to the Preservation of the Natural Resources of Our Country, Its Soils, Minerals, Forests, Waters and Wildlife Presents this Certificate to Lydia C. Thompson in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement for Environmental Awareness. Thanks to Julie Spivey and the Frederica Chapter of the DAR for selecting me.