Friday morning, my friend Doug and I left on weekly birding/photography day and decided to visit a few places in Newport County, Rhode Island. We arrived at Sachuest national wildlife refuge at daybreak, and the first animal that I saw was a White-tailed Deer buck standing in the grass in the golden light.
As we wandered down the Ocean Loop Trail, there were some passerines present, including juncos and white-throated sparrows, Just to name a few. On the water side, winter ducks and loons have arrived. There was a decent number of harlequin ducks, along with Bufflehead and some Goldeneye. On the rocks, surrounded by water, there was the usual gulls and cormorants present along with purple sandpipers, and Ruddy Turnstones.
Our next stop was the Sachuest Salt Marsh and Third Beach, where in the parking lot. A moderate group of gulls were in a large water puddle. A herring gull had its mouth wide open and was screaming. Ring-billed gulls were preening in the water. In one of the trees at the side of the parking lot, was a Merlin was looking for food.
We then traveled down to Sakonnet Point, where we were surprised by at Peregrine falcon flying right at us, and I only captured pictures as it passed by just showing its rump.
So ended another beautiful morning out in our natural world.