Pelican start gathering, coming close to shore, and even up onto the beach if you’re lucky.
As intensifying whiffs of Autumn draft down the Beach and across the Island, we can feel the last bits & pieces of Summer 2014 being crammed into the suitcase of memories, and time getting ready to flow on into a mysterious future. The compression is palpable. Even our wildlife have begun to gather together and stand on the brink together, like a loaded spring waiting launch a Mighty Migration away from us.
Flocks of Skimmers, Terns, Pelican, Oystercatcher, Piping Plover, and Ruddy Buddies can be see gathering together in groups around the Island. The groups are generationally mixed with seasoned old timers and freshly hatched young about to get murderballed by the huge journey awaiting them.
This young Royal Tern had to be the most annoying bird ever witnessed. If you thought Mac Daddy’s Cheezitz (TM) were whiney, you should have seen this ‘lil guy. The entire group kept going through great lengths to avoid him. His parent appeared mortified.
Score on the First Cast. Even the fish are amassing. Mullet are starting move from the Bay, and Snapper Blues are showing like they haven’t in years. For the experienced, there is a bite for every cast.
Can you spot Sprinty McNugget (now known as SNugz) through your windshield?
A large number of Black Skimmers are amassing on Tucker’s Island in Barnegat Bay, but poor Momma is stuck on the Tip alone, pinned down waiting for Sprinty McNugget to take that first flight. It appears that SNugz’ siblings have moved on already and joined the big group.
The final gasps of Beach Nesting Motherly Duty. SNugz’ mom deals with the fisherman by repeatedly flying at his face until he surrenders, or flees in horror with a face full of Skimmer poop. Sadly for her, SNugz likes to roost right in the heart of Mullet Heaven.
You’re a good Momma. Get a move on SNugz! The Skimmer Train is leaving the Station!