Most of our walking this summer has been along the boardwalk in Summerside. As July slipped into August, the migratory birds were feeding along the shoreline. Low tide was the best time to see them.
A Spotted Sandpiper was perched on a rock looking south. I wonder if it was pondering the journey ahead.
This Solitary Sandpiper stood on an island in the salt marsh.
Contrary to its name, it had a buddy there too and they flew off together.
These tiny birds were visible along the shoreline for a few days. The Semipalmated Sandpipers blend in so well with the shoreline, they are difficult to see.
Semipalmated Plovers were around longer than their Sandpiper friends. They are hard to spot among the rocks along the shoreline.
For several days, Black-bellied Plovers were among the birds along the shoreline in the harbour. They are unusual visitors to this location but we were happy to see them. Their markings are unique and quite attractive.
Another larger bird is the Ruddy Turnstone. A few were present on the beach at low tide when the Black-bellied Plovers were around. The Turnstone’s markings are unmistakable as well.
Yellowlegs were common visitors to the shoreline all summer. In August the Greater Yellowlegs were in small flocks.
Lesser Yellowlegs were alone as they fed along the shoreline.
My favourite photos of the birds are those with two species together. This photo has a Yellowlegs and a Killdeer.
Some birds are not as easy for me to identify, such as this one.
Most of the birds have flown south now but occasionally we are surprised to see some migratory birds along the shoreline. One day recently, twelve Great Blue Herons fed along the shoreline of the Summerside Harbour at low tide. The birds don’t mind the busy street nearby or the occasional senior stopped to photograph them.