The Solitary Sandpiper

At first I easily mistook this bird for another Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa malanoleuca), as there head been several around.  However, this bird was working the marsh for food by itself.  A quick consultation with Sibley’s pointed me to the Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitarius).  Apparently it is often mistaken for a Greater Yellowlegs but is described as “uncommon”.  It gets its name because it is usually by itself, as was the case here.  It stayed in the area for about 20 minutes and then another flew in and almost immediately they both flew out.  Well, they do fly all the way up to Churchill, Manitoba on the Hudson Bay for one reason and only one reason – to breed.  So I guess they will not be so solitary for a while anyway.

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