This week’s photo, taken March 23, 2015 from the Edmonds Pier in Edmonds, WA, features a flock of SANDERLINGS striving for balance in life.
Monday morning, while I was birding from the Edmonds Pier, I watched as an extremely long log drifted by, with dozens of SANDERLINGS poised as passengers atop the slow-moving vessel.
Suddenly, the Sanderlings became restless, as if they were about to fly. Yet, when I examined them through my spotting scope, I discovered that the shorebirds had no intention of disembarking their no-frills cruise ship. The problem was that the log was beginning to roll!
Every bird was forced to leap up and re-land (some of them multiple times) to avoid falling off the back of the log. That amusing predicament reminded me of the sporting event on television where a lumberjack tries to outlast his or her opponent while they both attempt to stay upright on a spinning log.
No birds were harmed during the development of this story.