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Late Summer Shorebirds

Celebrating Shorebirds!

It's late summer and all across North America, millions of shorebirds — sandpipers and plovers — are on the move. Seattle photographer Gregg Thompson has been following the annual pilgrimage for the last few years.
Here's a handful of the birds he's seen. Thanks, Gregg.

Greater Yellowlegs

Least Sandpiper

Baird's Sandpiper

Wandering Tattler

Lesser Yellowlegs

Long-billed Dowitcher, early August

Long-billed Dowitcher, late September

Pectoral Sandpiper

Red-necked Phalarope

Ruddy Turnstone


Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Wilson's Plover

OK, so we can't resist sharing these photos, too, because they're just too darned good, even if they weren't taken in late summer. One more opportunity for you to test your shorebird ID.

Marbled Godwit, April

Red Knot, April

Rock Sandpiper, May

Western Sandpiper — at lunch! April

Whimbrel, April


All photos are © Gregg Thompson and may not be used without permission.

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