Strictly For the Record

It’s September and if we’re going to see a solitary sandpaper, or any shorebirds here at the Museum, there’s a good chance it’s going to be in September. And so it was on 8 September. It was closing time and I was making the rounds. I spotted a small white object perched on a rock in the Wetlands. It had to be a shorebird, either spotted or solitary sandpiper.

I took out my camera, had a look through the viewfinder and zoomed in. Sure enough, a solitary sandpiper was before me. The bird was too far out to get a good shot, but for the record, here’s a quick pic.

 

Solitary sandpiper resting on a boulder often used as a perch by our resident great blue heron (9/8/15).
Solitary sandpiper resting on a boulder often used as a perch by our resident great blue heron (9/8/15).

 

Here’s a better shot from a bird that stopped in four years ago.

 

Solitary sandpiper (9/1/11).
Solitary sandpiper (9/1/11).

 

And that, is the shorebird update for this week!

 

 

 

2 responses to Strictly For the Record

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    MYA says:

    I have an odd question. I saw a bug yesterday and don’t have a [clue] what it is. It looked like a giagantic mosquito with a about a4 inch stinger coming out of the back of it

    • Greg Dodge
      Greg Dodge says:

      I would suggest a crane fly. They look very much like large (gigantic) mosquitoes. They do not, however, have stingers, large or small.

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