I don't know what spooked the Green-winged Teal, but they took their craziness on the road. They have some of the craziest looking flight I have seen in waterfowl. I don't know how anyone could shoot one. I had estimated the flock at fifty. I think I counted forty-nine in this image after making the guess.
The stretch of beach beyond the sign use to be private property, but the owner permitted people to enjoy the stretch of sand. Many people walked their dogs. Plus, there was room for a couple of cars to park right there. I use to park there and walk across the street to film the marsh inhabitants. Then, the owner sold it to the town of North Beach which immediately put the entire area off limits. Why? I wish I knew.
Islands in the Sun
Sometimes, it is difficult to know what has spooked the birds. The sandpipers were all peacefully probing the mud flats when, suddenly, the entire flock took off en masse. At the same time, all the teal also took to the air. When that happens, I will look around to see if an eagle has entered the area because many birds respect it's killing ability. I didn't see one, though, and after flying back and forth a few times, they resettled on the water again.