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Boundary Bay - Sandpipers, Lark, and Pipits

Posted by birder on Monday, October 1, 2012
Yesterday afternoon (September 30 2012), I went out to 104th street at Boundary Bay, having shorebirds and American Pipits in mind. I arrived at around 2:10 PM. When I arrived, the tide was rising. There were some ducks very far out that were Northern Pintails and American Wigeons (and possibly others but it was very hard to tell through my scope because of the heat in the air). I went out onto the mudflats. After an hour of searching, I had not turned up even one shorebird, or anything else except for some Ring-billed Gulls, hybrid gulls, the same ducks as before, and some distant American Pipits in flight. This changed soon. There were three Pectoral Sandpipers resting that I took some photos of. Here are some photos of the Pectoral Sandpipers:

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After a while, I slowly moved away from the sandpipers, leaving them to rest. I continued walking and soon arrived at the pilings between 96th and 104th street. Here there were no shorebirds, but there were 2 American Pipits feeding. I positioned myself on the seaweed close to the dyke and waited. Soon, one of the pipits began to feed close to me as I photographed it:

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After getting some photos of the pipit, I went up onto the dyke and started walking back to 104th street. The sun was getting low in the sky now, and around 20 more Pectoral Sandpipers flew from the mudflats over me to the farm fields. It is amazing that I walked past all of them, and only noticed 3! As I walked, tons of American Pipits also flew over the fields, but the bird of most interest to me was a Horned Lark the flew southwest over me. I did not get an excellent photo of the bird, but the photo is good enough to tell that it is a Horned Lark:

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I continued to walk towards 104th street on the dyke, and I soon spotted a Northern Harrier sitting on the mudflat quite far out. It took off though, and as it did it flushed a Semipalmated Plover that I could have walked right by as well! There were also more pipits that I saw that were looking for food in the seaweed right against the dyke, so I took some photos of them:

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I now had to leave, but it had been a great day at Boundary Bay!



 

 

 

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