3 Species of Birds and a Starfish…

3 Species of Birds and a Starfish…

Here are a few more photos from my visit to the state park near the ocean. 🙂

I was really happy to get to the ocean, I enjoy walking along the water’s edge and seeing what birds are around.

This bird was in the inlet pond…

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The Great Egret. This is a large bird, about 40 inches tall with over a 4 foot wing span!

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These are White Ibises. They’re easily identified, big white birds with large reddish curved bill.

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This is the Belted Kingfisher. It can be found throughout all of Canada and the US. I often hear them first when they are flying around over the lake giving their loud rattling call. 

They will forage by sitting along the water’s edge on a branch, rock, post or sometimes even hovering just above the water and then plunging headfirst into the water for a fish.

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As I walked along the shore I saw sooooo many starfish! They had all washed up on the beach. We threw some back into the waves in hopes of saving them, but they were just too many of them.

The reason they all washed up on shore is believed to do with their feeding patterns, they probably followed their prey to close to the shore and got washed up or another theory is that a recent storm may have caused the masses of starfish washing ashore.

I did read that even though they may appear to be stranded, they are able to return to the water after being exposed for a long period of time, so they don’t recommend touching them (oops)…

Remember to stay healthy and stay safe!

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