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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sanderling (Calidris alba)

I joined causeway artist Dean Lewis for a walk along the Ogden Point Breakwater this morning and we were happy to spy these two little shorebirds having breakfast amongst the barnacles and limpets on the lower edges of the breakwater. I have identified these as Sanderling (Calidris alba) though I'm not 100% certain since there are many small sandpiper-like birds that are very similar. Any birders out there who can confirm or correct this identification are invited to make a comment. After we watched these birds a bit Dean and I took the hint and went and had breakfast ourselves at the nearby Ogden Point Cafe. Dean had the barnacles on toast and I satisfied myself with some fried kelp and a side of limpets.


JoJo said...

They are so cute! They kind of remind me of some little shore birds we have here, but I can't remember what they are called. Possibly piping plovers.

William Kendall said...

Not sure... I've never been good at ID'ing birds.

I'd have to pass on that particular breakfast!