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,
… 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.
The Buff-breasted was in close to the dyke along with some Baird’s.
It was actively foraging for food along the high water line,
… and as I have found in the past, not adverse to you tagging along.
Providing the occasional distraction were some American Pipits.
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.
It was back out to Boundary Bay this afternoon, only this time I arrived a couple of hours before high tide. While the sun did peek through a few times, it was overcast for the most part. On heading west along the tidal flats from 104 St. things were pretty quiet. As I approached the pilings there were signs of activity. The Plover flock was spread out between there and 96 St.
In with the Plovers were some Dowitchers foraging in close to the dyke. For the most part the Plovers were pretty wary of me and kept there distance. Well not all of them as it turned out.
Much to my delight this American Golden-Plover was in amongst the others and was a little more cooperative.
While it did not let me get too close, I did manage a few shots. This was definitely a pleasant surprise for the afternoon.
After this I spotted a group of Pectoral Sandpipers further out on the tidal flats. I made my way out there, but there was no Sharp-tailed Sandpiper with them.
On my way back in with the tide,
… I spent some time trying to get shots of the many American Pipits that were busy along the shoreline.
A fun diversion prior to heading back up on to the dyke.
This afternoons walk along the tidal flats of Boundary Bay was not turning up too much.
There were still some American Pipits frequenting the beach,
… along with a few dozen Pectoral Sandpipers.
So I spent a little time with them while they foraged for food on my way back.
I finished with this shot of a Pectoral Sandpiper in one of the tidal pools. I was back up on the dyke when the tide and Black-bellied Plover flock came in. Near the air park I also managed another look at the Ash-throated Flycatcher to end the days walk.