This week’s photo, taken May 3, 2015 at Bottle Beach, near Westport, WA, features a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER in flight.
Our Master Birder class headed over to the coast for the weekend. We wished to witness the spring migration of shorebirds, and a cast of thousands did not disappoint us. At Bottle Beach, the time of year is important, and also the time of day. We arrived a couple hours before high tide, and since shorebirds feed at the shore (imagine that), as the tide moved in, the birds also moved in, closer and closer to us.
Just at Bottle Beach, we observed dozens of Semipalmated Plovers, hundreds of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, at least a thousand DUNLIN, and many more SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and WESTERN SANDPIPERS.