A Proper Old-Time Reading

Just like they used to, the birds make a hang out of my Coffee Cup, the moment I step away.
Just like they used to, the birds make a morning hang out of my Coffee Cup, the moment I step away.

A few incidents occurred this week that have left me feeling remiss for not having posted a proper Reading in quite some time.

Incident One: I bumped into long-time Reader “Jamie”. During a brief chat, I apologized for not having posted the water temps lately. He replied, “Yeah… I recently told my family ‘I think we’ve lost Northside Jim to the birds!'”

Incident Two: I bumped into long-time Reader “Awesome Neighbor” on the way to take a swim, and she hollered “Look! It is the Northside Beach photographer actually going to the beach!”

Incident Three: Readings From The Northside recently had the distinct honor of being featured by WordPress.com as one of the Top 25 WordPress nature blogs. That was very kind. But what was odd was that some editor took the time to change the proper name and tagline of this blog from:

Readings From The Northside: Beach, Ocean & Surf Reports from North Beach, Long Beach Island”

to:

Pictures From The North Beach: Beach, Ocean & Surf Reports  and Nature Photography from North Beach, Long Beach Island”

They obviously appreciated the photography, but also apparently struggled with understanding where these photos came from, where this blog came from, and how we got from there to here, where we are today. I’m sure they scratched their heads even more furiously while visiting the “About My Readings” page, a page which gets very frequent, confused visits; a fact which amuses me to no end.

Incident Four: I was spotted by an anonymous long time reader who said to me “I understand why you take so many pictures of the birds. There is nothing going on at the beach anymore.”

Nothing going on at the beach? Incident Four was the extra lens that broke the photographer’s back. I resolved to return to the beach this morning, camera and coffee in hand, and take a proper, old-timey Reading, rendered in Black & White for nostalgic effect.

So let’s see what we got.

Sanderlings, comin' in hot! While you'll notice the beach is still generally devoid of the hilarious Sanderlings, you'll notice them flying in flocks just offshore preparing for their imminent invasion of the shoreline that will last the rest of the summer.
Sanderlings, comin’ in hot! While you’ll notice the beach is still totally devoid of the hilarious Sanderlings, you’ll see them flying in flocks just offshore preparing for their imminent invasion of the shoreline that will last the rest of the Summer. They are out there in great numbers waiting for their official orders to land.
Osprey about to bring home this morning's breakfast.
Osprey just catching this morning’s family breakfast.
Osprey's breakfast, getting mauled by Dolphin.
Osprey’s breakfast, getting mauled by Dolphin.
Ok, ok Dolphin, it is your breakfast too.
Ok, ok Dolphin, it is your breakfast too.
"IZ MAH BREAKFAST!!!!!" A Humback Whale gobbles up Osprey & Dolphin's breakfast just 100 feet from shore this morning.
“IZ MAH BREKFIST!!!!!” A Humback Whale gobbles up Osprey & Dolphin’s breakfast just 100 feet from shore this morning. Rendered in color because this morning’s Sunrise Humpback is just too cool to be desaturated.
Another Humpback Whale off of LBI this morning, gobbling up everything.
Another Humpback Whale off of LBI this morning, gobbling up everything. Kind of far off and crappy so you get Black & White treatment Mr. Humpback. Come a little closer tomorrow and you get color!
Pelicam: Pelican have finally arrived and are making quick patrols off the Island.
Pelicam: Pelican have finally arrived and are making quick patrols off the Island.
Old Friends: It's Keneckie! Everybody's favorite gnarly Herring Gull. We'll have to wait another month to see if Keneckie was able to find a nice girl to love him this season.
Old Friends: It’s Keneckie! Everybody’s favorite gnarly Herring Gull. We’ll have to wait another month to see if Keneckie was able to find a nice girl to love him this season.

And the Water Temps? 71 degrees.