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.
Rarely, did I ever capture more than one of them in focus. 😉
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…
So many of my new bird discoveries seem to happen when I am searching for something else.
About two weeks back, I was scanning the beach for the Piping Plover chicks down at Red River Beach.
Stretching my legs after a long squat, I noticed up the shore a small group of terns had come in for a landing.
Our smallest terns, the Leasts measure only about 8 or 9 inches and have yellow bills and legs as compared to the Common Terns that measure 12-15 inches and have red bills and legs (and differently shaped black face masks).
But I had never seen one up close before.
One pair that was nearest to me, didn’t seem to mind me staring.
This pair was engaged in the loveliest series of movements that I could only describe as a “dance”.
But also appeared to be attracting a crowd… 😉
Was it something I said?
And this time, with a delicious sushi picnic!
Now the terns have joined the mix.