I wasn't even out the door when I heard Mariana Fruit Doves. And before I got to the street I heard the White-throated Ground Doves. I didn't see either then.
I did see 3 Pacific Golden Plovers in the lower field - though I've about given up on them ever coming down to 'my' end of the field as they did in other years. Well, new year - new hope - huh? Their breeding plumage is only seen here in April just before they migrate to their summer home.
At the stairs to the beach I again heard the call of the White-throated Ground Dove. While searching for the tree I thought it came from I spotted a Mariana Fruit Dove, then another. Though they moved around a bit they soon settled side by side and pretty much ignored me. They were in so much shadow I hadn't much hope for the pics I took but some are pretty fixable! My enhancement program does do a pretty good job at lightening up photos - if I just stumble on just the right commands!
When they calmed down I caught a brief glimpse of White-throated Ground Dove Apaka but not his mate. And before I left there I also caught a couple of glimpses of Egigis (Micronesian Honeyeaters).
I guess it won't surprise you to read that I decided to also come home by those trees but there wasn’t anything remarkable there on the return trip.
At the bandstand I saw White-throated Ground Doves again - both the Apaka(m) and the Fachi(f) but never at the same time. I also heard Mariana Fruit Doves. Both these dove species cover wide areas so they could have been the same ones or different. I got no pictures then but here are some older ones clearly showing the white throat/chest of the male - (apaka=white in Chamorro)
And as usual the Eurasian Tree Sparrows were gathered, waiting for their treat and would rapidly return to it after each Kingfisher swoop.
Eurasian Tree Sparrows
Opposite the Plover field there is a tree where a Micronesian Starling (Sali) family was camped out. The little one would flutter or hop from branch to branch while the parents kept a watchful eye. I now suspect that may have been why the earlier bunch were upset with me. I was just unknowingly too close to a new fledge. Salis are readily distinguished from other black birds by their yellow eyes. Adults are otherwise totally black while young Salis have a sort of striped front.
A couple of young Kingfishers were squabbling on the overhead wires while I was getting some shots of the Salis.
So if the first day of the year is an indicator of the year to come my 2015 may be a very birdy year indeed.