With it being the middle of summer, it’s hard to believe that some bird species have already started their “fall” migration. No, we won’t be seeing warblers anytime soon, and it will still be a long time until waterfowl is on the move, but summer is the time to start watching for migrant shorebirds. Check out these photos of some of the shorebird species that you might find migrating south this summer.
Shorebirds use a variety of habitat, and there is probably a location close to you where you can go out to look for them. If you are lucky enough to live along the coast or near one of the Great Lakes, that is where you should start. Many species will use these shorelines to stop and feed as they migrate. If you are a little more landlocked like I am, check out your local reservoirs and lakes. These can be especially productive if the water levels are low enough to expose mudflats. Shorebirds also like to make use of flooded farm fields so be sure to check any areas around your home that might be flooded.
Have you seen any shorebirds in your area yet this summer?