Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Sandpipers are Here

Semipalmated Sandpipers to be exact.   They are yearly August visitors to the Fundy coast as they continue their  migration from the Arctic to the South America.

The Sandpipers stop in Fundy to feed on small shrimp that are abundant in the mud of the Bay at low tide, and stay until they have consumed enough to double their weight and energy stores for the long flight south.  They will not stop again until they reach their Winter home in Brazil.

Millions of birds will stop in region of the Hopewell Rocks. We saw the leading edge of the migration, a small band of Sandpipers resting on the mud in the salt marsh at our camp ground.

Their soft murmuring to one another was musical.

When they took flight, their acrobatic swoops seemed choreographed.

I can only imagine the delight of seeing thousands at a time.

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