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Boundary Bay birding - August 6 2012

Posted by birder on Tuesday, August 7, 2012
    On Monday morning (August 6th 2012), I headed out to boundary bay to spend some time birding. I was targeting shorebirds. At 10:00AM I arrived at 96th street at Boundary Bay. I went down onto the mud of the receding tide and walked out, keeping my eyes open for shorebirds or any other birds of intrest.

    I searched for a while, and spotted my first shorebirds, a group of sandpipers, flying by. As I walked many other small sandpiper flocks flew by me, but soon a large flock of a sandpipers and plovers landed farther out. I walked in the direction of them and spotted a non-shorebird on the mudflat on the way.

  Peregrine Falcon

 

    It was a Peregrine Falcon. It was watching the shorebirds from the distance, but then took of, flying at the shorebirds. The entire flock took off as the falcon chased some sandpipers from the middle of the flock, but I am pretty sure it was not successful (it was hard to see because all of this happened far away). Some of the birds flew in closer to me, and I took took some photos including this one of some Black-bellied Plovers and a sandpiper (I think the sandpiper is a Semipalmated Sandpiper):

 Black-bellied Plovers
 


    Since the shorebirds had been chased away by the falcon, I searched for more shorebirds. Like before, there was not much except for small sandpiper flocks passing by. In the sandpiper flocks passing by, there were Semipalmated, Western, and Least Sandpipers. In this photo you can see three sandpipers. The two flying in the front are Semipalmated Sandpipers and the one behind them is a Western Sandpiper. There were also some Least Sandpiper in the flock, but they are not in this picture:

  Semipalmated Sandpipers and Western Sandpiper



     I continued walking, and more small sandpiper flocks passed me. I headed in the direction of the dyke, and when I was not too far from the dyke I spotted a Peregrine Falcon, most likely the same bird I had seen earlier:

 Peregrine Falcon


    I continued past the Peregrine and went up onto the dike, and headed to 104th street. I arrived there and went right down onto the mud, and continued my search for shorebirds, heading out towards the direction of the water and then in the direction of 96th street. Like before, I saw a lot of Least, Western, and Semipalmated Sandpipers flying be me. Every so often I would come across a flock feeding on the ground, but most of them were too far off for any good photos, and I didn't want to get to close to them because I didn't want to flush them. Flocks that I did get some reasonable photos of were the ones the flew and then landed close to me. The first flock that landed near me contained mainly Western Sandpipers. Here is a photo of a Western Sandpiper from that flock:

 Western Sandpiper



    It took some photos of that flock, and continued walking. I spotted lots of flying shorebirds and another ground of shorebirds on the ground, but these were far away. I took photos of that flock anyways though because it had a bird that I had not photographed or seen before in the flock:

  Semipalmated Plover
 
  Semipalmated Plover 


 
....a Semipalmated Plover, feeding among sandpipers. It was not long though after I spotted that Semipalmated Plover when a flock of five more Semipalmated Plovers flew by me. Here is a photo that shows two of the five plovers that flew by:
 


  Semipalmated Plovers



     I continued walking, and soon my I spotted four shorebirds. One of the shorebirds was a Least Sandpiper, but the other three were Baird's Sandpiper.

  Baird's Sandpiper

  Baird's Sandpiper and Least Sandpiper

  Baird's Sandpiper and Least Sandpiper

  Baird's Sandpiper

  Baird's Sandpipers and a Least Sandpiper

  Baird's Sandpipers and a Least Sandpiper

  Baird's Sandpipers


    After seeing the Baird's Sandpipers, I turned around and headed back in the direction of 104th street. On my way back, I spotted a small sandpiper in the vegetation.

  Least Sandpiper


It was a Least Sandpiper. I took some photos of the birds and then continued on to the dyke. I now had to leave, but it had been a good day at Boundary Bay.



 

 

 

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