Thursday, July 24, 2014

Solitary Solitary Sandpiper


As I walked down to the beach at the Metea County Park pond this morning I saw this lone SOLITARY SANDPIPER (Tringa solitaria) looking for a meal along the waters edge. The Sandpiper was content to let me get quite close, realizing that I was not there to eat it.  A week earlier we saw one or more of these birds sitting on the rocks that were sticking out of Cedar Creek and staring at the water.

Most Sandpipers prefer to nest on the ground but SOLITARY SANDPIPERS will nest in trees frequently taking over existing nests.  That is possibly why we are seeing this bird in wooded areas of the park.