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Semi, Least, Baird’s + Pecs

The sun was shining and I headed out to Boundary Bay a couple of hours before the high tide. While heading west from 104 St. I walked right up on a small group of peeps.

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper

There was one Semipalmated Sandpiper,

Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper

… with a few Least Sandpiper.

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper

While the Semipalmated Sandpiper took time out to rest,

Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper

… the Least Sandpiper kept busy.

On reaching the area of the pilings,

Baird's Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper

… there were some Baird’s Sandpiper,

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

… along with Pectoral Sandpiper.

Baird's Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper

Initially the Baird’s Sandpiper were out further in the tidal pools.

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

The Pectoral Sandpiper were sticking to high water mark foraging for food,

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper

… and also taking time out to rest. With the higher number of Pectoral Sandpipers around I checked them all for a possible Sharp-tailed, but could not find one. A pleasant variety of species cooperating for photos this afternoon.

Belted Kingfisher

Given the weather there were not many visitors at Reifel this afternoon. It started off with light showers now and again, but progressed to steady rain. This also put a bit of a damper on bird activity. There were some Stilt Sandpiper and a Red-necked Phalarope in the west field.

There were also a couple of Belted Kingfisher active in the sanctuary today. With not much else going on I started watching them to determine which snags they seemed to favour. Once deciding on one along the centre dyke, I found a spot on the opposite side of the slough with some trees for cover. Then it was just a matter of waiting and hoping for the best.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher

My patience was rewarded when one of the Belted Kingfisher flew in landing on the branch I had set up on. A little bright spot on this rainy day.

Stilt Sandpiper

Too nice an afternoon not to get out for a walk, so I made my way to Reifel. First up I checked the back of the house pond, but there were only a couple of yellowlegs. Next I headed out the middle trail to the outside fields. The Green Heron was present again in the southwest field, but not in great spot for photos.

I was then accompanied by another gentleman who was looking for some assistance in locating the Stilt Sandpiper that had been reported in the west field. We checked the entire west field and then made our way back to the house pond without success.

That was the end of his day and I then carried on to check some of the inside trails for songbirds. The only thing of interest I came across,

Squirrel
Squirrel

… was this squirrel working on a chestnut. On my way back I decided to give the back of the house pond one last look.

Stilt Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

Good thing I did as there was now a Stilt Sandpiper present along with the yellowlegs and a few dowitchers.

Stilt Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

In addition to foraging in the pond, it took time out for a little preening.

Stilt Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

What a great end to what had been a fairly uneventful walk to this point.