A Forgotten Post

I found a post I’d written in May in my drafts folder and realized I had never published it. So here it is, after quite a delay. It’ll be another seven months before I see these birds again, but in the meantime I though I should share these photos which I took at the slough across the road from my house.

I remember that the day was beautiful and warm. Shorebird migration was in progress and the mudflats at the slough were full of shorebirds. I sat for over an hour watching them feeding, preening, and taking the occasional rest.

A Killdeer and Semipalmated Plover,IMG_8586 There was only one Killdeer in the mix,IMG_8588 There was a solitary Lesser Yellowlegs too,IMG_8667 Along with the plovers were some Pectoral Sandpipers,IMG_8655

A Semipalmated Sandpiper,IMG_8622

My favourite part of the afternoon was watching the Semipalmated Plovers running up and down the mudflats. They are beautiful little birds, but difficult to photograph as they are constantly moving.

I got down and dirty with the plovers because I was lying on my stomach trying to get eye-level shots,IMG_8608 IMG_8612 IMG_8616

This is one of my favourite pictures from the afternoon,IMG_8631  IMG_8650IMG_8629Among the adults was an immature plover,IMG_8638

Two adults on the left and an immature on the right,IMG_8636

Feathers on Friday

(Apologies to all from prairiebirder’s mother, who was supposed to get this out earlier today, before leaving home to pick up PB from camp, and not quite so late in the day, when PB is off on her first babysitting job…)

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If you would like to join me for Feathers on Friday, please put the link to your blog post in the comments and I will add a link to my post.

Since I am away at camp my mother will be posting my posts for me. Here is one of my favorite shorebirds, a Semipalmated Sandpiper, for my Feathers on Friday post.

Shore Birds and a Life Bird

I went out this morning at 6 am to look for some new birds at the lake behind our house. I was able to find four species of shorebirds: two Short-billed Dowitchers, five Solitary Sandpipers, and one Willet. The most exciting birds were about 30 Semipalmated Sandpipers, because that is sandpiper a life bird for me.

I didn’t get as many photos as I would have liked, but the light was pretty bad so early in the morning that there was no point in taking too many pictures.

Semipalmated Sandpiper,

Short-billed Dowitcher,

Three Semipalmated Sandpipers feeding,