Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Sanderling


On 12 August 2021, Erika and I decided to try to beat the 93° heat and drive the 75 minutes to the beach at Ocean Shores. I am not sure why we don’t do more beach birding. I guess traffic tends to be a bit heavy and the shore is crowded in the summer. During our two-hour stroll, we listed at least 80 Sanderlings, the bird I’d recently spent so much time searching for in Olympia. Winter-plumaged Sanderlings are clearly quite different from the little brown shorebirds I photographed back home. Sanderlings run along the wet sand, ofter chasing waves back toward the sea, then running away as new waves crash towards them. In-between waves, these little sandpipers frantically search for a wide variety of small invertebrates.

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