Spring Shorebird Migration

My recent trip to Bottle Beach had to be the highlight of my year so far. As always, I was mesmerized by the synchronized anarchy of waves of shorebirds flashing up and down the shoreline,

shorebirds in flight

suddenly dropping into their place on the beach,

Spring Shorebird migration

Short-Billed Dowitchers wading at water’s edge,

Short-Billed Dowitchers

Dunlins probing the sand


ahead of the incoming tide,


Western Sandpipers skittering here, there,

Western Sandpiper

everywhere, surrounding.

Western Sandpiper

Invisible, surrounded by hundreds of small birds I feel strangely alive, connected.

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