From sandpipers to plovers and avocets to phalaropes, the late summer is one of the best times to be out looking for interesting and exciting shorebirds! No matter where you are in the United States, you have the opportunity to find shorebirds. As these species migrate south, they stop to feed and rest anywhere that has appropriate habitat. If you aren’t lucky enough to live near the coasts or along the Great Lakes, you have to hunt for the appropriate habitats. Check your local reservoirs for areas that have low water levels with exposed mudflats or drive though a farming region to look for flooded fields. Not only are there many species that regularly migrate though the US, the fall is the time to find rare shorebirds that have gotten off track. Since shorebirds are strong fliers, almost any species is possible and extremely unusual species show up somewhat regularly. Here are a few of my favorite species that can be found during migration near my home in Indiana.