Buff-breasted Sandpiper

It was back out to Boundary Bay again this afternoon with the intent to look for the Little Stint and Snowy Plover again. I started off as I usually do heading west from 104 St. along the tidal flats. There were a few groups of Baird’s Sandpiper which I passed on this time. On approaching the pilings I noted a group of birders on the dyke watching something. Rather than flush anything, I made my way in to speak to them. I learned there was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper in close to the dyke and a Red-necked Grebe just out from the pilings. They also let me know the Little Stint had not been seen since this morning. Prior to moving into position for the Buff-breasted,

Red-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe

… I got a picture of the Red-necked Grebe. It is unusual to see one sitting on the mud flats like this. While it seemed alert, it was not moving at all and I could see no obvious signs of injury.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper

The Buff-breasted was in close to the dyke along with some Baird’s.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper

It was actively foraging for food along the high water line,

Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper

… and as I have found in the past, not adverse to you tagging along.

American Pipit
American Pipit

Providing the occasional distraction were some American Pipits.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Buff-breasted Sandpiper

After finishing with the Buff-breasted Sandpiper and meeting Dave, who photographed the Little Stint the other day, we headed out to check the plover and peep flocks that had now shown up. No where near the number of peeps as on previous days and unfortunately no Little Stint.

Of note, on my way back the Red-necked Grebe was gone. Hopefully it was alright and moved back out to open water where it belongs.

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