Birding is big on Block Island.
Especially in September when the migration south is beginning and many birds stop over here to rest and feed before their long journey south – some to the Caribbean and Central America, some go as far as Argentina.
All this in one glorious couple of hours. We birdwalkers had met up at Andy’s Way, for one of Kim’s Oceanview Foundation birdwalks – there we walked at low tide and saw cormorants, plovers, egrets, herons, several gulls and sandpipers. We had the large scope set up so we could look closely. But Kim really wanted to get back to the bird-station as she knew there would be birds in the nets, and she likes to check them very frequently, and band those found. You can look up what this is about, and discover how much has been learnt about the way birds live and migrate on the Bird Banding Laboratory site. [This is also the place to go if you find a banded bird – at least in the Americas].