Sunday, December 11, 2011

Me And The Sanderlings On An Empty Beach

 I made a stop at Meig's Point in Hammonasset Park on Saturday morning and was surprised to find that I was the only one there. I found a good sized flock of Sanderlings on the beach.
   There were also a few Ruddy Turnstones mixed in with the flock. Since no one was around I decided to get down in the sand with the Sanderlings. The birds were busy trying to get their bellies full so they didn't pay much attention to me.
  I watched one turnstone charge after a couple of the Sanderlings but for the most part they seemed to coexist peacefully.
Later that morning I walked out on the point to look for the less common Purple Sandpipers . The rocks can get very slippery so I proceeded with caution.
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8 comments:

Jen said...

Ooh I would love to see a Purple Sandpiper... Love the contrasting orange on the legs and bill. Great photos!

Dawn Fine said...

What a nice peaceful time at the beach with just the birdies. I could watch those Sanderlings all day..thanks for the video!

Larry said...

Jen-thanks-I'm sure you'll find a Purple Sandpiper one of these days.

Dawn-It is mesmerising to watch them. Glad you liked the video but I still can't figure out why it has black bars on the top and bottom. I've tried YouTube and other options but keep coming up with the same problem.It's probably something simple but I don't get it.-anyone?

Dan Huber said...

Great photos Larry. I love that spot in the winter, as they will feed around you and get very close.

Dostoy said...

Very cool!

Larry said...

Thanks Dan-It's nice to be able to get that close to the birds there. Too bad it's in the winter when it can be wicked cold.

Kathiesbirds said...

Oh Larry! Now you are tempting me to go back to Hammonassett to see a purple sandpiper! I have never seen one!

LauraHinNJ said...

Sanderlings are one of my favorites! Thanks for the reminder of them...