In the October sunlight, a Lincoln's Sparrow sings energetically from a hedgerow. Soon a Fox Sparrow chimes in. Both nested in Alaska last summer but will spend the winter farther south. The Snow Geese are moving, too. A massive movement of birds takes place in the fall. The exodus of summer... read more »
A flock of sandpipers or starlings - like these - under attack by a falcon can expand and change shape. But the flock regroups rapidly, because one bird doesn't have to re-find a fixed slot among the thousands of others. Instead, the miracle of aerobatic precision hinges on a bird's ability to... read more »
The southward migration of plovers and sandpipers – including these Dunlin – is a protracted affair, spanning up to five months. First to come south are post-breeding adults. In August and September, this summer's hatchlings pass through. Others arrive in October; and some stay right through the... read more »
We're on Long Beach West on Long Island Sound, with Patrick Comins. Thousands of migratory shorebirds - including Dunlin like these - stop over here on their long migratory journeys. But this ecological gem could have been lost. Good news! Today it's part of the Stewart B. McKinney National... read more »
For shorebirds like Bar-tailed Godwits, Black-bellied Plovers, and Dunlin, mud matters. Few mudflats are more important than those of the Yellow Sea along the coast of China, and North and South Korea, where more than 70 species of shorebirds rest and feed. For several species of shorebirds,... read more »
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Flocking behavior in shorebirds -- Dunlins like these, and other sandpipers -- is one of the most beautiful ballets in nature. Filmed in Washington's Skagit Valley by Ray Hamlyn. Thanks for sharing, Ray! read more »