High tide, Saturday evening (September 10) at the foot of 96th St. in Delta BC, provided a birding bonanza. Shorebirds, waterfowl, and a couple of pesky peregrines provided several hours of staring-through-telescope entertainment.
High tide, low light. You really want to click this.
We didn't leave until the sun went down. Most of the large blips in the picture are Northern Pintail, who waddled through the shallows, muttering to each other. Other birds seen included a juvenile Hudsonian Godwit, about 300 Black-bellied Plovers, 4 Horned Grebes in summer plumage, 40 Semipalmated Plovers, 50 Sanderling, 75 Pectoral Sandpipers,2 Long-billed Dowitchers, 3 California Gulls and a Common Loon. Even if you didn't know what you were looking at, the seething mass of birdness was mesmerizing.