We hiked out to the end of the neck and found that shorebirds were starting to build up. The lighting wasn't the best but we had a Black-bellied Plover, Sanderling and Ruddy Turnstone all on the same rock.
We also had our first Semipalmated Plovers of the season....
Now for those of you who've read my blog, you know I'm totally fascinated by the big fork in the road just after you enter Acoaxet. And I've posted pictures of the metal fork next to the road sign at least twice before (despite Mark's protests.) Well when we were down here on our last trip (July 20th) there was obviously an event happening nearby and somebody had added a meatball with spaghetti to the fork! I can only assume this was done with the artist's permission, since clearly the meatball was made of a suitable material to adorn the fork. Alas, when we passed the fork yesterday, there was no food of any kind.
After checking for butterflies and odenates in the fields (had a Black Saddlebag and Common Green Darner (no photos), we did a quick check of Richmond Pond but didn't see any shorebirds. We then decided it was time to start thinking about heading home since there were people everywhere. When we made our last stop at the herring run in Acoaxet, I took this distant photo of the crowds on Horseneck Beach. There's no way I want to be in their traffic at the end of a beautiful summer Sunday at the beach.