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.
There was one Semipalmated Sandpiper,
… with a few Least Sandpiper.
While the Semipalmated Sandpiper took time out to rest,
… the Least Sandpiper kept busy.
On reaching the area of the pilings,
… there were some Baird’s Sandpiper,
… along with Pectoral Sandpiper.
Initially the Baird’s Sandpiper were out further in the tidal pools.
The Pectoral Sandpiper were sticking to high water mark foraging for food,
… 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.
Not having been getting out as much as I used to, I headed out to Boundary Bay this afternoon. It was mixed sun and cloud and the tide was out when starting my walk along the mud flats. Not seeing much initially,
… I did come across a small group of Long-billed Dowitchers that were quite cooperative.
There were a few Baird’s Sandpiper present as well. Then things started to pick up,
… with hundreds of Pectoral Sandpipers arriving. With all of the Pectoral Sandpiper present, the search was then on for a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. A Northern Harrier kept hampering these efforts hunting along the dyke and flushing the shorebirds.
My patience was eventually rewarded when I found this lone Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
I arrived at Boundary Bay a couple of hours before the high tide. On heading west from 104 St., things were pretty quiet.
There was one group of about two dozen Pectoral Sandpipers,
… that were busy foraging for food that I spent some time with.
As I have usually found,
… the Pectoral Sandpipers were pretty cooperative.
As the tide started coming in I made my way back towards 104 St. as that was where the Plover flock was. There have been several American and Pacific Golden-Plover seen in recent days. While I pretty much had the tidal flats to myself earlier, there were other people out now watching the plovers as well. This would make it challenging as more often than not, the Black-bellied Plovers are wary of people approaching. I made my way toward one smaller group closer in,
… and found an American Golden-Plover tucked in with the Black-bellied.
It did not take long before they started to move,
… but when it stopped there was another American Golden-Plover to the right of it. Then closer to 104 St. something else caught my attention,
… a Pacific Golden-Plover. While I could not get as close as I would have liked, it was great to see both these Golden-Plover species today.