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.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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4 Responses to Logrolling

  1. Chris says:

    Joe, this reminds me of a travel agent joke. Back in the day, there were many Familiarization trips offered to us agents so we could help our clients with first hand information, and the trips were much lower priced than regular customers. So the joke goes: One day agent Susie sees that a fam trip is being offered for a river cruise, for only $5! She sends in her money and goes to the meeting place, where she is conked on the head and knocked out. When she wakes up, she is floating down a river, tied to a log, and other agents are tied to logs floating nearby. She is pretty mad that this is going to be the fam trip, and asks one of the nearby agents, “are they at least going to include the meals?” to which the other agent replies, “Last year they didn’t.”

  2. Connie Saunders says:

    Clever post, Joe. Thanks. Connie Saunders

  3. Brenda Peterson says:


    Thank you, Joe!

  4. Oh what fun. Thanks for the laugh.

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