Monday, September 12, 2011

Sea of birds.


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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.

4 comments:

Seagull Steve said...

Sounds like a great way to spend a few hours. I wish I didnt have to wade through bay area traffic to get to some good mudflats...

Samantha said...

Being in the company of a vast number of birds is an amazing experience.

KaHolly said...

WOW! Don't'cha just love it??

Kim said...

Great pictues! Looks like you had a fun evening!