Thursday, November 7, 2013
Less than Three Hours
The only new shorebird I saw over the summer was this little Common Ringed Plover. It certainly was not easy to pick it out of the group of Semipalmated Plover appearing in varying plumage. However, this little bird was often separate from the others which is really what drew me to it in the first place. After watching and studying it for a while, I was pretty sure it was the Common-ringed. Actually, there were several differences between these two species as I reported in an earlier post about the rare bird at Renews.
And so, I have shown 19 species of shorebirds I saw this year on the Avalon. However, it really is no wonder I have very little confidence to identify all of them all the time. The truth is I spent less than three hours in total looking at shorebirds. Most of that time was lost to poor lighting and great distances. It is a rare event to be able to view shorebirds in Newfoundland when the tide is right, lighting is favorable, and the birds are present. At this rate, it will be many years before I "think" I know shorebirds.