Sanderling Surprise – Day 11

It was an eventful walk this evening, to say the least!

The first surprise, was a HUGE flock of Sanderlings, scooting along the shore with the gulls.

Something was obviously washing in for dinner, and the Sanderlings were feeding voraciously.

By the sounds of their excited little peeps, I could tell they were having one heck of a good time!  😉

Such a glorious surprise on this chill sunny day, and more surprises to come!  😉

A Beach Bum for the Birds

I stopped being a “beach bum” a long time ago.

But I’m back on the beaches again.

This time, to be with the birds!

I love the intense light and deep shadows of the early mornings here on the Cape.

There’s nothing that makes my heart dance quite like the sight of a tiny Sanderling…

Chasing the waves to and fro…

Then pausing to look at me, backlit by the morning sun.

I guess that makes me a “beach bum”, after all.  😉

Up and Running with the Mighty Sanderling

Up and running in the new day.

‘Tho’ I’ve met my match for sure in the mighty Sanderling when it comes to energy levels.

LOVE these plucky little sandpipers, scooting along the shore at Nauset Beach and beyond!

New Bird – Spotted Sandpiper at Ridgevale Beach, Chatham

I have been meaning to share another one of my “new bird” discoveries!

The other evening, while busy photographing a Willet standing in the creek at Ridgevale beach…

Out of the corner of my eye I could have sworn I saw a flash of white zoom under the bridge where I was standing.

I couldn’t see him at first, so I went back to my Willet, who seemed more than willing for his Kodak moment.

Just then I heard the sound of water, as if something was splashing in the shallows directly under me, and when I leaned over the rail to look out! flew this tiny bird fly that quickly landed on the muddy bank beyond.

Now if you’re anything like me, you just know when you are seeing something different; a bird you’ve never seen before.

This tiny thing was adorable, with yellow feet and orangey-yellow bill, lots of white on the chest and underbelly and a mix of brown feathers throughout; about the size of a Sanderling.

But the funniest thing about him was the way he teetered, bobbing his tiny tail up and down, up and down, up and down, like it would never stop.

And you could tell, he was hungry!

Yet like so many of the little shorebirds that I meet, he most politely allowed me a few moments for several more photos.

The pics came out a bit on the bright side, but fine, good enough to identify and share.

My favorite was the one of him at the water’s edge with his beautiful image reflected in the watery mirror before him.

A big thank you to What’s This Bird for their help with the identification of this Spotted Sandpiper  (probably a juvie with the yellow legs and no breast spots).

A most memorable “first” indeed!  😉

My Mystery Shore Bird – July Sighting, Forest Beach

I came upon a small flock of shore birds the other morning.

As the group scootled in and out among the waves, I thought at first they might be Sanderlings, out looking for breakfast.

But as I got closer, it seemed that these birds were “browner”, and more scallop-feathered than the gray-black-white palette of the Sanderlings.

And if it’s possible, they moved even more quickly than Sanderlings, which is no small feat.

Rarely, did I ever capture more than one of them in focus.   😉

This one might look like it’s dozing, but after spending some time with these birds I began to wonder if they ever sit still, let alone sleep!  😉

I am thinking it could be the Red-necked Stints, or even perhaps the Little Stints.

If anyone out there thinks they might know what kind of bird this is, please leave me a comment with your ideas.

But whoever they are…

I am totally smitten…  ❤