|Marbled godwits and willets|
I did a quick drive around the island, stopping at various points to check out the birds.
|2 Godwits, I'm thinking 1 might be a juvenile|
|Short-billed dowitcher amongst the godwits|
|Male and female horned larks|
|Another Heermann's gull|
There were absolutely no ducks or terns on the bay at all, at least in that area. It was probably a good thing because there was about a hundred speeding watercraft out there.
Back at Lake Murray, the ducks are plentiful. I took all these photos on Labor Day.
|Snowie in her fresh molt|
Both sister ducks are seen together a lot, but it's still hard to photograph both of them together. Here's Big Sister.
After about two weeks of not seeing him, Trouble came up to visit me. The thing is he was sneezing and his eyes were irritated. The right eye looked only slightly irritated, but the left one was obviously sore.
He still has his long, yellowish legs:
Trouble couldn't resist rubbing his left eye constantly to the point where it was swollen and red. I'm thinking the algae in the lake where he hangs out was irritating them. His nares actually looked clear and clean, not like he has a cold. His eyes were a little drainy, but not draining mucous.
One good thing is that he now has all his feathers and can fly, but I don't know how well he can see with his irritated eyes. I didn't see him yesterday, but I hope he's OK.
Trouble still stays within visual contact with his family. Here are two of his brothers nearby.