This week’s photo, taken May 4, 2016 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a migrating WESTERN SANDPIPER in breeding plumage.
Migrating shorebirds are moving through our area now. WESTERN SANDPIPERS are heading north to their breeding grounds in Western Alaska. Last week I observed a flock of 5 as they made a refueling stop on the rocky beach in front of me. Maybe by chance or perhaps on purpose, they were foraging in a northerly direction as they walked the shoreline. One small sandpiper step at a time, they were inching closer to their final destination.
I can’t help but imagine how exciting it would be to travel with these tiny shorebirds all the way to Alaska. When I asked them to take me with them on their journey, they told me I probably would complain about their diet, which includes insects and marine worms. So, I decided to stay put in Seattle.
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