Ode to Labor Day

     “The end of labor is to gain leisure.  ~Aristotle” According to Doug Larson (a columnist and editor in Wisconsin) “If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend. “ I am pretty sure Aristotle got it right but Mr. Larson sure gives us an accurate description of today also. So what did you do this Labor Day weekend? While many on the east coast and Florida are cleaning up or preparing to hunker down from Hurricane Hermine, I am blessed to be retired and able to take some time off to go to the beach as a Bird Steward volunteer. I want to share with you some of my feathered friends found on Huguenot Park Beach this past summer.

     Huguenot Park Beach is a city owned recreation site that is one of the few places you can still drive your auto on the beach, unload the chairs and umbrellas and put up an awning and grill and have a great time. It is also home to many shorebirds that nest in the dunes and raise their young in this small sandy shore habitat. The city and park naturalist have their hands full keeping both bird and bikini bound populations in peaceful coexistence.  My hats off to the staff at Huguenot. They have done an awesome job! I have decided to just let the photos of the birds of Huguenot beach do most of the rest of the talking. Their beauty speaks volumes.

     As we pause to rest from our labor on this day we are also reminded of this sage advice; " Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?" (Matt 6:26 KJV). Blessings. Harry

Willet on the run...Mr Doohickey, you are not going to get my pictures...

"Freckles" the Sanderling scampers across the surf zone in search of snacks..

A Reddish Egret is spooked by some beachgoers...didn't get to see it dance in the surf :(

A pair of Black Skimmers watch over there young juvenile nearby..

"Thank you for coming to Jr's Baptism"  ...Royal Tern Chick gets "baptized" in the Atlantic Ocean Surf..

Sandwich Tern heads out to get another fish sandwich to feed the hatchling..

Boat-tailed Grackle (female) eyes up the Editors new Jeep

Laughing Gull on vigil sounds the alarm when Turkey Vultures raid the nesting site..note the once jet black breeding colors on the head are fading to grey...sorta like my hair

Scram chick, this fish is for my girlfriend Wanda..

Scram chick, this fish is for my girlfriend Wanda..

Psst...hey good looking...wanna fish?

Show me what is under those feathers and I'll give ya this fish..Wow!

Yellow Beak, Black Feet....Great Egret..

Black Beak, Yellow Feet..Snowy Egret

Black-bellied Plover..the fall migrations have begun..this bird breeds in the Arctic regions..

Rare sighting of a Piping Plover

Wilsons Plover

Red Knots...

Oystercatcher with Juvenile..(banded earlier this summer)

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