Friday, September 9, 2011
White-rumped Sandpiper - Bear Cove Beach
When we arrived at Bear Cove Lookout last weekend, there was a family having a picnic on the beach. First thought was there wouldn't be any shorebirds nearby because of this. Nevertheless, my birding partner encouraged me to go have a look. We did and we found the beach crawling with little birds. Among all of the others, including the Sanderling posted yesterday, there was only one White-rumped Sandpiper. It stayed pretty much to itself and looked quite different from all the rest.
It is the peak of shorebird season here now as the birds are migrating from their breeding summer ranges to their non-breeding winter ranges. A scan of most any beach will yield some little birds.