Western Sandpiper

Late this afternoon I headed out to Boundary Bay again for the rising tide. Initially there were small groups of Baird’s, Least and Western Sandpipers. As the tide started making its way inward things picked up with hundreds of Western and some Black-bellied Plovers. While there were lots more birds than my last walk here, I was just not getting them where I preferred for photos on the tidal flats. With so many of them bombing around, I decided to try my hand at some flight shots before calling it a day.

Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper

Definitely a challenge tracking these fast moving small shorebirds, but I did manage this keeper of a Western Sandpiper.

Western, Baird’s + Least Sandpipers

Braved the heat and headed out to Boundary Bay for the high tide, which turned out to be not very high at all. I walked the tidal flats between 104 Street and the mansion. Much to my dismay there was not much around at all. At the mansion there were a couple of Lesser Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers. On my way back there was another small group,

Killdeer
Killdeer

… the larger Killdeer got my attention first.

Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper

Then the Western Sandpiper. There were also a couple of Least Sandpiper in this group as well. A little further on,

Baird's Sandpiper
Baird’s Sandpiper

… were two Baird’s Sandpiper foraging amongst the sea weed. Before packing it in,

Least Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper

… another small mixed group of Western and Least Sandpipers landed amongst the pilings. Pretty slim pickings today.

Semipalmated Plover

Headed out to Boundary Bay for the rising tide on what was a beautiful afternoon. While walking west along the beach there was no action close to the dyke in the tidal pools. Once near the pylons I could see some movement further out on the sand. On getting a little closer it turned out to be a small group of Semipalmated Plovers. They were a little wary of me at first,

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover

… but with a little patience they relaxed and moved towards me.

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover

Closer is always better with these tiny plovers.

Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper

There were also a couple of Western and Least Sandpipers mixed in with them.

Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover

Several of the Semipalmated Plovers were more than cooperative and provided good photo opportunities. While walking back towards the dyke with a couple of other birders,

Semipalmated & Baird's Sandpiper
Semipalmated & Baird’s Sandpiper

… a small group of Baird’s Sandpiper flew in and amongst them was a Semiplamated Sandpiper. The other birders had been watching the Black-bellied Plover flock and sighted Red Knot, Hudsonian Godwit and Bar-tailed Godwit. A good variety of birds on the bay today.