A Birding "Tweet-up!"

When the native Americans roamed the land, clans joined at various times of the year to connect, offer and receive food, exchange information and celebrate common joys. We are in a different age now, yet the human need for connection has stayed the same. We just call it by different names and use electronics and technology to make it happen.
Yesterday, I was invited to a “tweet-up” of other folks who “bird, blog, tweet and chirp” to go birding in Milford Point, CT. The only requirement is that group participants be involved in social networking at some level: Blogging, Twittering, Facebook, etc. We gathered together from across our land, offered information and exchanged technology tips, dined on lobster rolls and celebrated our common joy: BIRDS!
Come on, share the day! Click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

You know it’s going to be a good day when it starts with a Piping Plover.
We were careful not to linger near this Killdeer, who was upset at our presence. Maybe a nest or young nearby….
There were almost as many osprey as mosquitoes.
A Golden-crowned Night Heron on the hunt!
Dinner is served!
The nest of a Monk Parakeets! (Pssst…notice the House Sparrow on the far left…)
The House Sparrow sneaking into the basement (on the left).
Nest reinforcements have arrived.
Tidying.
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Tern
Least Sandpipers, intent on dinner. Too busy to care about a bunch of birders.
Willet, perhaps contemplating it’s upcoming migration journey. (Where did I put the GPS?)
The next Tweet-up is being discussed–perhaps NJ, which is a great state for birding (and dining). Will let you know!

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9 Responses to A Birding "Tweet-up!"

  1. forestal says:

    Lover your post and you got some great pictures (i missed the monks) It was great meeting you and hope to see you soon on next get together

    dan

  2. dAwN says:

    Nice post! Your photos came out great!
    Best when I click on them!
    Wierd thing happened..I click on the least sandpiper photo to enlarge and I see the willet..I wonder whats up with that?
    It was a pleasure meeting you! I am so glad that you are planning more meet ups..
    Please feel free to use the Birders who Blog Tweet and Chirp new website to plan your event.

  3. Great fun!! Today I saw that the Red wing blackbirds had fledged…the two nest sites I had located had young ones flittering all over the place with a couple of robins watching wistfully… probably wishing their second brood were already hatched!!

    Last week, hosted the barn swallow and tree swallow fledging and flight lessons — MANY swallows sitting on the fence, practicing flying, a few brave ones trying their wings at catching bugs. Parents hanging around to feed the more “newbies” who were too hesitant. Very cool to watch!

    Also – last week, either a juvie or female Northern Harrier took its time coasting over the back '40 (white rump very visible on brown)–soared off to a tree site and disappeared from view. Guess lunch was served!!

    Thanks for your photos – they are great!!

    Love, cc

  4. deejbrown says:

    Thanks, Dawn, for picking up the Willet photo that usurped the Least Sandpiper. You have to watch for that kind of aberrant behavior in the field! I think it's fixed now!
    Looking forward to meeting you again someday!

  5. Sounds like you had fun and met lots of new people. It's great to get together with folks who enjoy the same things you do isn't it?
    Great pictures.

  6. Great to meet you – just sorry I didn't get to chat to everyone more – the one downside to vaguely being in charge of leading on he day. Hope to see you again soon.

    Luke

  7. Cindy says:

    Hi Diane, Great post with pictures. It was a great day indeed. Fun meeting and talking with you. I just got home from CT tonight so will have to go through photos and get mine posted. Look forward to a NJ/Jamaica Bay event in the near future.

  8. Larry says:

    You got some nice shots of the Monk parakeets.We kind of drove past those.It was fun meeting you and everyone else.

  9. Sparverius says:

    Looks like a great day!

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