I wasn't the only one attracted to the concentrations of birds following the tides. There were good numbers of eagles slowly cruising along (more on them later) as well as a merlin that would strafe the shorebirds. The merlin would push the sandpipers up to a quarter mile up or down the beach as prey tried to keep their distance from predator. I accidentally walked right up to a couple Wilson's Plovers after this happened moving at normal speed thinking the beach was empty.
This is presumably a first spring bird.
I heard this one calling the day before and tracked it down since I wasn't familiar with the call.
There were also a few Piping Plovers around. I haven't yet tried to track down the bands on these two birds.
This first spring bird had escaped detection in the nest.
Finally a Black-bellied still in full winter plumage. They were definitely a bird to be aware given their hair-trigger proclivities for alarm calls.
I saw a few Semi-palmateds around but made very little effort to photograph them. Almost 13 years ago I found my lifer Snowy Plover across the bay on Sanibel (yes, on my honeymoon), I didn't see a Snowy at all on this trip.