Birding in Red Bay

Sunday was a gorgeous day in Red Bay.  The sun was shining and it got up over 80F by mid afternoon with a little added humidity to boot as well.  By 3:00 pm we had windows and doors closed and cranked on our air conditioners just to take the edge off.  We kept busy putzing around Phaeton Place.  I got the bugs off the front of our coach before breakfast and was surprised how easily they came off with a little Dri-Wash.  Teddy got out for half a dozen good walks around the campground and made a few new friends as well.  We usually strip the bed on Sunday and get everything in the laundry right away.  Having lucked into a full hook up site when we got here made doing laundry very easy this morning.  Saw lots of people out and about most of the day around their rigs and we stopped to say hi to some of them.

Killdeer with youngKilldeer with young

We checked out a grassy field across Gates Ave, opposite the Tiffin campground repair facilities and stumbled upon a killdeer nest with four eggs in it as we were running Teddy.  The two adult killdeer were doing their broken wing dance and trying to lead us away from the nest but I looked down and saw it right away.  Of course, we made a detour around the nest and kept going with Teddy so the adult killdeer could get back on the nest as soon as possible.  We saw another pair of killdeer  running around the gravel parking lot trying to look after four very active chicks who were running around everywhere.  After our evening walk with Teddy, I went back with my 300mm lens and 1.4 extender to grab the above shot.  It was amazing to watch the birds for about thirty minutes and see how the adults communicate with their young ones.  The young ones would run around looking for food for about 5 minutes before the mother called them back for a little shelter under her wings.  There wasn’t any nest per say, just a little gravel wherever the adult decided to roost with her flock under her wings.

The on site service option worked well for us today.  We’ve had the ceiling fan in the bedroom changed out already and our water pump had a simple air lock in the line which took less than a minute to fix by wiggling the city water/tank fill valve handle back and forth until the air vented.  Water pump is working fine now.  It was raining on and off most of the morning so our slide topper and roller problem will have to be seen to in a service bay.  Hoping we might get that looked at this afternoon after 3:00 pm if Tiffin offers a little overtime.

2 Comments

  1. Mike & Gerri April 17, 2012 at 4:30 pm #

    How awesome to be able to see and photograph the killdeer and babies! Great pic!!

    • Mark April 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      Raining buckets all day today in Red Bay but we stumbled upon two more nests in another field by the bank yesterday evening. More eggs in both nests but only those four chicks from the one nest so far. They certainly are a handful for the adults to look after. Great to see them up close though. We are all done and on the road north Wednesday morning! Woohoo!!