While looking at some recently reported sighting, I’ve noticed that there are now many shorebirds on their way south. As I mentioned in a post in July, these species tend to be some of our earliest migrants. Now is the time to go out looking for them.
The shorebirds aren’t the most familiar group of birds for most backyard birders. People think of these species as only being seen at the beach. While that is true for some species, many of them actually use mudflats all over the United States as they stop on migration to rest and feed. If you check with local birders in your area, they will certainly be able to point you in the right direction to see these birds. Mudflats occur along rivers, at lakes and reservoirs, in flooded farm fields, as well as in other places.
I like to spend as much time as possible looking for shorebirds in August and September. Although binoculars will work in many situations, I find having a spotting scope makes identifying these birds much easier.
Here are a few of the species I would like to see this fall.
Have you found any shorebirds recently? If so, what did you see?