Single Sanderling Lingering

It almost seems like the arrival of fall shorebird migrants is on pause or perhaps just waiting for the next big push. I haven’t seen too many shorebirds on the beaches at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve aside from a few Semi-palmated Plovers. There are, of course, plenty of California Gulls around and shorebirds can be found if one looks …

Winter Shorebirds

A group of Sanderlings (middle) and Dunlins (either end) on the rocky shore at Air Force Beach. As we gear up for the Christmas Bird Counts in December, now is the time to do a little winter shorebird watching. Last week, during a break in the weather, we got out to Air Force Beach in Comox and scoped out some …

A Solitary Sanderling

Sanderling | Calidris alba Earlier this week, while walking out at Goose Spit I came upon a single Sanderling (Calidris alba). Sanderlings are regularly seen throughout the winter at Goose Spit but they have a challenging time of it. At high tide, the strip of walkable beach is quite narrow and they are easily flushed. Considering that it is also …