Monday, August 31, 2009

NMT - August 2009

August 2009
Species list: 6 / Distance travelled: 141 kilometres

            It was August; this month I strictly focused on shorebirds, though I only got three. Only is the wrong word. I saw two good shorebirds and one amazing shorebird: Long-billed Curlew! I was out in my yard, puttering away when I heard it call; it took a second to register before I tripped and stumbled through our patio doors to grab my bins. I ran back outside to see this big shorebird fly over my house, heading south. My first on Vancouver Island.
Baird's Sandpiper

Monday, August 10, 2009

Solitary Sandpiper

After three attempts to see this bird it finally flew in! This Solitary Sandpiper was found by a local birder in Lantzville who posted on our local birding forum. I have seen this species in the interior of BC but this was a first for Vancouver Island for me.