Friday, July 27, 2012

July 26,27-Fairview

I write this outside a Subway in Sexsmith-Dian's old home town.  We left Fairview yesterday after a good couple of days.  There was a small spit on Cummings Lake about 200 meters from our campsite.  It had a picnic table on it and it was a great place to watch migrating shorebirds.  Some of the birds we observed follow.  Click on the picture if you want to see a larger version.

Long-billed Dowitchers

Semi-palmated Sandpiper

Common Snipe

The Snipe picked up this feather and carried over to the water where it dropped it.  It then strolled over to where I was seated.  It came to close for my lens.  Amusing to watch.

This Stilt Sandpiper was keeping company with a couple of Dowitchers.

The Stilt and a Lesser Yellowlegs.

Stilt and Dowitchers

There was a small flock of Semi-palmated Sandpipers scurrying around.

I would visit this area 2-3 times a day and it had nice surprises every time.  We will be exploring the Grande Prairie area the next few days but first we have to replace our cell phone.

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