Weekend Birding: Least Sandpiper
The Sandpiper is a common shorebird that can be seen across most of North America during migration season. They breed in Alaska and Northern Canada and in the winter migrate to the southern U.S. and as far south as central South America. This is a bird I don’t know too much about because I only see them briefly when they stop for a break in their journey.
Yesterday I went for a walk in the nature park near my house and spotted a sandpiper in the muddy area that, before the drought, was a pond. This is the type of habitat that sandpipers look for; they like to forage at the upper edge of mudflats.
This was the first time I’ve seen one in this park. Most likely the change in habitat attracted him. (It could be a her, they look the same).
This guy or gal was walking along the edge of the pond poking his beak in the mud searching for a meal. He ignored the group of bullfrogs sitting in the mud and they ignored him. At the very bottom of the photo is the small amount of green water left in the pond. I got as close as I could without sinking into the muck. Not expecting to find a shorebird on a walk in the park, I was wearing the wrong kind of shoes.
The photo on the right is a shot of the exact same location as where I saw the sandpiper, only it was taken in May. There were several groups of ducks living on the water but they have now moved away.
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