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Friday, October 16, 2009

Solitary Sandpiper

Cumberland Farms in Halifax MA, where we just saw the Brown-chested Martin rarity, is a fabulous birding spot, that had lots of other birds besides the martin.
Here's a Solitary Sandpiper I photographed there, that was feeding in a puddle near where all the birders were waiting to see the Brown-chested Martin. This bird is a juvenile, told by all its fresh, not worn, plumage, fine dots evenly distributed over back and wing coverts, and brown wash over head and breast.
The farm fields were using some kind of compost, made from cranberries, so the red dots are floating cranberries.

3 comments:

Hilke Breder said...

Nice shot! Also enjoyed your photos and report on the Brown-chested Martin. Wished Halifax wasn't that far away!

Habs said...

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Moria said...

Wow, beautiful picture of a Solitary Sandpiper!