In this case, another chance to find a Buff-breasted Sandpiper. And in this case there were two of them, and it wasn't so much a chase as a leisurely drive to Whitby, Ontario and setting up my scope in a spot that a city worker recommended as a perfect viewing spot. And, after scanning the mudflats beyond the many Killdeer, I spotted one, then another of the Buff-breasted beauties. On just a few occasions did both appear together, but they were constantly on the move having their morning feed and never stayed in the scope more than a few seconds at a time. Plenty though to get good looks and share the view with a few other birders who showed up, thanks to OntBirds reports the last couple of days.
One of them was Margaret, who took the train from Etobicoke for this Lifer. I was glad to share the scope with her and swap birding stories. I hung around for about 40 minutes but never got a really good photograph.
So, one step closer to 500 and one day closer to my next birding trip too. The excitement is building and I have been in touch daily with Edna, from New Jersey, who first discovered this blog while recovering from surgery and and then invited me to come to Cape May in the fall for migration. Cape May is to fall migration as Point Pelee is to spring migration. It will be non stop Birding from dawn Til dusk, starting September 6.
Here are the not too good photos of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper and a nice photo of a juvenile Green Heron, looking rather punk-ish with his/her mohawk: