Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)
It was a soggy day last Thursday and the birds - interesting ones - were scarce. Until we saw this whimbrel on the beach in Cobourg...
Ruddy turnstones (Arenaria interpres)
and a flock of ruddy turnstones. While the Canada goose (far right) is certainly common here, the whimbrel and turnstones were merely traveling through, so we were lucky to see and photograph them.
The whimbrels that pass over the Great Lakes winter in the Caribbean and South America, and they breed in coastal areas close to Hudson's Bay.
Closeup of ruddy turnstones
These ruddy turnstones winter on the coasts of South America and the Caribbean, and they breed in the High Arctic.
Can you guess why they are called turnstones? When looking for food, they often flip stones to see what's under them.
All but the goose were shy; The whimbrel saw me and flew to the other end of the beach. The turnstones saw me,..
Ruddy turnstones flying
circled the harbour and landed at the other end of the beach. Hmmm. I wonder if I ought to take that personally!
I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE