Mississippi Day Six: A Beautiful Beach And A Lot Of Birds On My Last Morning At The Lake Mars Pier
It was my last morning in Mississippi. It was a wonderful visit so far. A lot more to explore than I expected. So many beautiful areas to observe Nature. I decided to return to my favorite, the Lake Mars Pier and nearby beach in Ocean Springs early Monday morning.
It was partly cloudy and a lot warmer. The temperature was 68 degrees and there was rain in the forecast. It was Monday morning and there was no one at the pier when I arrived, just me and some shore birds.
There was a double-crested cormorant swimming in the waters along the pier,
this ruddy turnstone and
were scurrying on the pier feeding on the remains of the fish caught the previous day by the many fishermen who were at the Lake Mars pier on the weekend. They seemed to be working as a team in their search for food.
I realized, when I didn’t see birds wading in the waters along the shore, that it still wasn’t low tide for a few hours and the waters were too deep for the many wading birds I saw the previous morning. There were still a lot of shore birds in the shallow water along the piers and rock jetties across from the pier including this greater yellowlegs,
an American oyster catcher and
A great blue heron was perched on the rocks of the jetty.
A royal tern,
and a juvenile laughing gull were perched on wooden posts near the pier.
Royal terns, and laughing gulls and ring billed gulls flew over the pier.
I could have spent the day observing the many birds at the Lake Mars pier but I was leaving my hotel and heading to Alabama in the afternoon so I walked over to the beautiful beach and shoreline I had found on Saturday. Once again I was the only one on the beach. It was so peaceful.
I followed a road leading into the pier and found some more familiar birds in the woodlands along the road, this gray catbird,
and eastern phoebe are all birds that live near my home in Northeastern Pennsylvania in the warmer months. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs of the birds I saw at Lake Mars pier Mississippi Day Six Morning walk December 6 2021.
I wanted to stay and continue to enjoy the natural beautiful and numerous birds that were active in this area near the pier. However, some rain started to fall and I wanted to check out of my hotel and head to Mobile Alabama. I planned to visit the Botanical Gardens there. But you all may know how my plans have been going on this trip if you have been following my blog. Stay tuned and you shall see.
I did make one more detour on my way back to my hotel. I stopped at a local commercial complex where I was told some of the endangered Mississippi sandhill cranes were seen in the fields in the complex. I drove around for 15 minutes and didn’t see any. Well I hope to return soon and find these beautiful and rare birds. Here is a link to a gallery with some more photographs from my hike. Mississippi Day Six morning hike December 6 2021.