Thursday, December 1, 2011
The Last of the Shorebirds
Among the most endearing, sort of like the teddy bear of shorebirds, is the Semipalmated Plover. They are so small and have such big eyes that despite their frequent sightings, they can steal the attention away from other rare species that may be sharing the insects and crustaceans in the mounds of kelp.
On the beach the same day were a couple of Greater Yellowlegs, two American Pipit and a Black-bellied Plover. This was a scant representation compared to only 30 days before.
While these shorebirds have likely moved on, the Purple Sandpipers have moved in to the rocks at Cape Spear where they are clinging to the rocks and dodging the high waves that have been an every day occurrence there for over a month! There were also a couple of White-rumped Sandpipers and a Black-bellied Plover hanging on at Cape Spear as well.
The shorebird season in Newfoundland seems so short that it is hard to master identification of the many shorebirds that come our way. Nevertheless, I think next year I will be a bit quicker and more accurate at naming the species, given the amount of exposure that I had this year.