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.
Long-billed Dowitcher, early August
Black Turnstone — banded!
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 brush up on your shorebird ID.
Long-billed Dowitcher, late September
Marbled Godwit, April
Red Knot, April
Rock Sandpiper, May
Western Sandpiper — at lunch! April
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All photos are © Gregg Thompson and may not be used without permission.