Sunday, May 04, 2008

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.

1 Comments:

At 8:15 PM, Blogger Josh V. said...

:mouth drops: That's incredible! Can't believe they are right here in Oregon.

 

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