Yesterday started out cloudy - even some rain - by 1 o'clock the clouds were disappearing and the sun came out - beautiful spring day. We headed to a few yard sales - nothing there for us - then with our picnic packed, we headed for Birch Bay to see what birds we might find. It was our lucky day. The tide was out - waaaay out. Birch Bay is a wide, shallow bay. You could probably walk out 1/4 mile or more and never have the water above your knees when the tide is in. When it is out, there are lots of tide pools left - and that is where we spotted the shorebirds.
This is how many great photos I took
Great pose and reflection
The sun was so bright, with the blue sky reflecting in the water
The flock wasn't very large - but they were very busy
From my research it appears that these are Willets - an unusual bird for this area. If you have any other information, perhaps a different identification of these birds, I'd love to hear it.
Going in for the good stuff!
All the time we were there, we never saw them fly. If they had flown, their wing colors would have given a more definite identification.
They skittered about very quickly - I had to be just as quick to capture them.