Oct 20 2015 Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary Sunny T-shirt weather.The day began at Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. Bonaparte, Mew, California and Glaucous-winged Gulls were busily preening on the foreshore. Several hundred Double-crested Cormorants were resting on the spit while around them were an equal number of American Wigeon and Northern Pintail. Sharing the shoreline were small flocks of Greater Yellowlegs and Dunlin.
Further out, more than a hundred Horned Grebe were diving for food, beside them a small flock of White-winged Scoters were chasing each other for no apparent reason. As I walked toward the ferry Song Sparrows jumped out of blackberry thickets to check out the camera wielding intruder.
It was time to move on to Reifel where I asked a couple of birders how there morning had been. They had seen a single Sharp-tailed Sandpiper with the flock of Long-billed Dowitchers. Hopefully it would be closer than the one I had seen earlier in the year.
Fortunately it was, sleeping alongside a pair of Long-billed Dowitchers.
|Safety in numbers. A Sharp-tailed Sandpiper with Long-billed Dowitchers.|
|Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. A rare visitor from Asia with perhaps less than half a dozen recorded each year.|
|White-throated Sparrow on fence with nice clean background.|
|A White-throated Sparrow forages amongst with autumn leaves. Way more storytelling than the previous picture.|
This shot with the Nikon 200mm-500mm and D7100.
Some images from Oct 13/15 Reifel.As an afterthought I include the two images from the same flock of Long-billed Dowitchers taken a few days earlier than the sandpiper images above. Pic#1 shows a Dunlin and Long-billed Dowitcher and the other a Pectoral Sandpiper with same flock of LBD.
|Pix #1 Long-billed Dowitcher and Dunlin.|
|Pectoral Sandpiper with Long-billed Sandpiper (rear) and Short-billed Sandpiper.|
|Pectoral Sandpiper bathing with Long-billed Dowitchers.|
Just thought it's interesting how the Long and Short-billed Dowitcher flock plus a few Greater Yellowlegs stay put and other sandpipers seem to come and go on a regular basis. Always worth a good look Eh!
"It's never too late to start birding"