Check out all of the hardware this bird has to lug around.
I reported this to BirdBanders.org . We'll see if they send me any information on the bird's travels. This is a great website that explains the bands and how to report resightings. Any information is used by scientists.
Here he is with a few "friends".
Of course, birds don't have friends but shorebirds certainly like to hang around together for protection. The Sanderling is the one with the "jewelry" facing left. The bird in the water is a Dunlin. Notice he has a longer bill that droops slightly. The bird running toward the camera might be a Semi-palmated Sandpiper, but I am unsure.
Bonaparte's gulls will soon be Bona-depart's gulls (get it?) when they leave us to head north. These are dainty gulls that keep me smiling in winter until the Laughing gulls return from Florida.
Next post from California - hopefully.