Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge-Brigantine Unit 6-8-13
While at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge we saw 76 species of birds. Of those, 5 were in the group of small shorebirds collectively known as “peeps.” I will tell you right off that I am not a peeps expert. Shorebirds can be notoriously difficult to identify with subtle differences in plumage and a constant change from winter to breeding plumage and back again. I think that the birds pictured are semipalmated sandpipers, but I am not sure. These are all the photos I have of this species. If I have one regret from this trip, it is that I did not take more photos! What was I thinking! Who knows when I will ever get back here again. So, if you have any suggestions, tell me what you think and why. I need to learn. I need to get better. I am trying. There is one shot below with a sandpiper that looks a bit different up in the upper right-hand corner. Can you find it?
Many thanks to Rick Wright and his expertise.
Sandpipers seen at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge on June 8, 2013:
- Black-bellied Plover
- Semipalmated Plover
- Semipalmated Sandpiper
- Ruddy Turnstone
Update: What I do know is that none of the birds in the above photos is any of the other 4 species mentioned above. The other 4 species would be easier to identify. So, by default these must be semipalmated sandpipers, but I am still wondering…