On this trip we just had two days. My mom was back at home taking care of the girls and getting them off to school and such. It's so important that Steve and I remember to take time for us. The last two years have been emotionally draining and when you have a child that needs you in every single way to get through this time in their life then you don't really focus on anything else. It's great that we can start concentrating on us now and sneak away once and awhile.
The first day was cold and super windy and thankfully day two was much warmer and not so breezy. We had such a wonderful time and the best part was going down a service road that was 'supposedly' closed to traffic. There was no one on this gravel road and we saw so many wonderful birds and sights. We went off roading too and came up this big hill to find we were staring at the ocean. We couldn't go any further since this was the endangered Piping Plover nesting area but it was a spectacular view. We didn't see any Piping Plovers ( I don't think we did anyway, all those plovers look alike to me) but... I finally got to see a loon. I know a common water bird but I have never seen one. Even when we were in Bar Harbor, Maine I did not see one and they are aplenty there. We also spotted the Delmarva Fox Squirrel on several occasions. This is a light gray squirrel that is also on the endangered species list. They are very pretty and quick. We saw herons of every kind, egrets, shore birds, geese, ducks, hawks, an eagle and many wild ponies. We didn't see many song birds but I think that is because we were a bit early for migration. The next two weeks are prime time for song bird migration. Perhaps I will need to go back. :)
Here are some of my favorite photos. I hope if anyone has the opportunity to visit this amazing Island and wildlife refuge that you do. It's magical.
These are Oyster Catchers. They were far off and I didn't have the longer lens so the photo isn't great.. They were very loud and squealy searching for oysters I guess. Their golden eyes and bright orange beaks were cool. Now how can they see anything with eyes on the sides of their head like that...