I had 7 species of shorebird at Tiscornia earlier today. It usually takes a pretty big front to produce diversity of numbers (I think our max was double digits in the aftermath of the record breaking low in October of 2010), and a big storm did come through 36 hours ago. Unfortunately yesterday was a Sunday bringing crowds of people to the beach and at least 2 swimmers were fatally swept away in what reportedly were 6-8 foot waves. Today the lake was calm and birds had accumulated on the rip-rap that had washed in. They felt like a cosmic 30 pieces of silver.
Unlike the juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper from last fall, this adult was not as confiding.
No such difficulties with the birds foraging in the scum lines, here a juvie Semi Sandpiper
A juvie Least Sandpiper was on the pier, this was probably the best shot I've had of a Least in nice fresh plumage
Finally a bird from last week, one of two Piping Plovers that didn't really fit into a post.