Saturday, August 18, 2007

The joys of dipping...


This morning I searched for the Buff-breasted Sandpiper that was found yesterday at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve - I dipped, despite my and many other birders' scouring the area. However, I got a nice consolation prize in the form of singles of Solitary and Semipalmated Sandpipers, both state birds for me. There were lots of other shorebirds there, as well as three coyotes out on the flats being dive-bombed by Caspian Terns. The above photo is a Semipalmated Sandpiper, but not the one I saw it today - I took the picture a couple years ago in Muskegon, Michigan.

2 comments:

Felicia said...

Neil, terrific blog! Your writing and knowledge of birds is impressive. And you're only 14? Dude, you have "Ivy League material" written all over you...

I'm sorry you didn't see the Buff-breasted Sandpiper (I don't think anyone did today), but it sounds as though you had a good bird day nevertheless. Keep up the good work.

Neil Gilbert said...

Thanks Felicia! I guess the buffy was a one-day wonder. There were a couple in San Diego earlier this week, and they also stayed only one day each...