Sandpipers on the move
This afternoon along the beaches and bays of Tillamook County I watched Western Sandpipers and Dunlin frantically refueling just ahead of the incoming tide, and also having to take flight occasionally to escape from a Peregrine Falcon that came slashing through. The Least Sandpiper in the lower photo was feeding in a more protected wet spot in a cow pasture. They all will probably be burning that fuel tonight or tomorrow when they take off on the next leg of their migration north to the Arctic. Only a couple of thousand miles to go, and then they'll be able to work around the clock in 24-hour daylight nesting and raising their chicks. I guess it's not surprising that their average life expectancy is only about 7 or 8 years.