Snipe + Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

There was a good number of visitors when I arrived at Reifel to help out on the trails today. The weather was pleasant, albeit a little on the windy side. To start the afternoon off I headed to the west fields to check for shorebirds with a fellow birder. On the way there we were seeing all the usual species in the southwest field. About half way along the west field we noticed some Pectoral Sandpipers and on closer examination a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. It was a little far off for decent pictures at this point and while watching it,

Wilson's Snipe
Wilson’s Snipe

… a couple of Wilson’s Snipe flew in. A pleasant surprise for the afternoon.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

The Sharp-tailed eventually moved in closer to the dyke,

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

… and provided some great viewing and photo opportunities.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

This makes two Sharp-tailed Sandpipers I have seen now in as many weeks. The last being in Boundary Bay and one has also been observed at Iona.

Stilt Sandpiper

There was a good deal of excitement when I arrived to help out at Reifel this afternoon. A Curlew Sandpiper had been observed and photographed in the morning. Unfortunately we were unable to relocate this rare visitor  during the afternoon.

Stilt Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

A nice consolation bird though,

Stilt Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper

… was this Stilt Sandpiper that provided great views and photo opportunities at the foot of the south dyke trail.