Shorebirds start to migrate through our coastal area this time of year. And new duck families appear. I photographed some of the new arrivals in the past week.
Semi-palmated Sandpipers are common:
The Killdeers (left) breed here. The Least Sandpiper in the foreground on the right is somewhat common.
These photos of a Sanderling in breeding plumage came out nicely despite being taken in a fog! Sanderlings are the little shorebirds that run along the edge of water and dodge the incoming waves.
American Black Ducks are very common on the Parker River Refuge.
A flyover by an Osprey did not seem to bother the shorebirds. They apparently recognize it as a fisherman, not a hunter. Shorebirds take off immediately at any sign of a hawk, eagle or falcon.
These two egrets look like they are hanging out and chatting about the weather. The little one is a Snowy Egret. The big one is a Great Egret.