Sandpiper migration


This is the season to visit the lakeshore to see sandpipers that have stopped by to feed on their journey south. Already shown have been the Killdeer and the Baird’s Sandpiper. Here are three more.

The Lesser Yellowlegs breeds throughout the Arctic and the northern portion of provinces from British Columbia to Quebec. It winters along the coasts of the US and Mexico. 

The Stilt Sandpiper breeds along the Arctic coast and winters along the Gulf of Mexico. It has a long way yet to go.

Similarly, the Long-billed Dowitcher breeds along the Arctic coast, but winters in Mexico.

A skittish bird, the Long-billed Dowitcher takes to the air when approached.


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4 Responses to Sandpiper migration

  1. Helen says:

    beautiful photos of the sandpipers–particularly like the light in the first photo.

  2. Thanks Alistair

    I’m bowled over by your Lesser Yellowlegs photo. It’s stunning, simply stunning: composition, lighting, sense of movement, implied narrative. I can’t get enough of it.

  3. Tom Johnston says:

    I agree with Trevor although I couldn’t have said it as well. Reminds me of a Robert Bateman watercolour. It is a work of art.

  4. Christine Boyd says:

    Thank you Alistair for beauty and education.

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