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“Reflections” on Solitary Sandpipers Migrating

email-solitary sandpiper, shadow, reflection2 070Solitary Sandpipers (although not truly “solitary” birds, they do migrate in smaller flocks than most shorebirds, sometimes even alone) are passing through New England as they migrate to the boreal forests of far northern Canada and Alaska, just south of the tundra, to nest. One of the more fascinating oddities about this bird is that it is one of only two sandpipers (out of 85 species worldwide) that nests in trees in the abandoned nests of songbirds, and not on the ground.

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15 responses

  1. Lovely photo with shadow AND reflection both. I always appreciate both your words and images. Thanks.

    May 8, 2015 at 6:22 am

  2. Diane

    Nice photo!

    May 8, 2015 at 7:08 am

  3. Wonderful photo! As always, thank you. Your daily posts enrich my life!

    May 8, 2015 at 8:03 am

  4. Midge

    WOW what a photo!

    May 8, 2015 at 8:15 am

  5. Irma Graf

    Incredible photo!

    May 8, 2015 at 8:22 am

  6. Kathryn

    What an amazing picture! Thanks for sharing!

    May 8, 2015 at 8:51 am

  7. Peter Denis

    Fab photo!

    May 8, 2015 at 9:03 am

  8. Suzanne Elusorr

    What a truly glorious photograph! And how wonderful it must have been to be there at just the right moment to take that photograph.

    Thank you, Mary.

    May 8, 2015 at 9:42 am

  9. That’s a stunning photo Mary!

    May 8, 2015 at 11:53 am

  10. Libby

    A real keeper photo, Mary!

    May 8, 2015 at 2:52 pm

  11. viola

    a Prizewinning picture, an amazing moment, and interesting to know about the nesting in trees

    May 8, 2015 at 5:54 pm

  12. Jean Harrison

    It’s an amazing photo even without the shadow or reflection! You should submit this to the annual photo contest of the Audubon Society, just finished for 2015.

    May 9, 2015 at 8:02 pm

  13. Beautiful photo! Do these ones walk around bobbing their butts up and down? Or do many types of sandpipers do that? I think I saw one yesterday, but it was at a bit of a distance.

    May 10, 2015 at 8:07 am

    • What you saw was probably a spotted sandpiper, Hazel. They’re known for their “butt bobbing!”

      May 11, 2015 at 7:25 am

      • Good to know! Thank you.

        May 11, 2015 at 9:26 am

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