Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Spring Birds - Shorebirds

I saw quite a variety of shorebirds this spring, quite a few lifers.

Killdeer are the most common around here, easily identifiable by their two black bands across their chest.
 I saw a Willet at Oak Hammock Marsh, a lifer.
Willet. Sluuuurrp!!!

 Once when we were at Oak Hammock Marsh there was a huge flock of small shorebirds, Baird's Sandpipers and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Both of the species are lifers.
Baird's and Semipalmated Sandpipers

Up up and away!
 Also at Oak Hammock Marsh, we saw a Wilson's Phalarope, a lifer!
Wilson's Phalarope
 Once when I was biking, I saw a Ruddy Turnstone, also a lifer
Wilson's Phalarope
 At a nearby park, Silver Springs I saw a Spotted Sandpiper, again, a lifer.

Killdeer at Silver Springs
 Once out with Christian, we saw a Greater Yellowlegs, and, you can guess, a lifer!
Greater Yellowlegs
 And finally, a non-lifer, American Avecot
American Avecot
 And, a lifer, Wilson's Snipe
Wilson's Snipe
 And last but not least, Solitary Sandpiper, we saw it in the ditch a couple times.
Solitary Sandpiper

Not last actually, Great Blue Heron, this picture it was already almost dark, I lightened it a lot on the computer.
Great Blue Heron

Stay tuned for the next post!

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