Sightings Down by the Bay

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The bird sightings continue on our walks down by the bay.  Last week we spotted the lesser yellowlegs.  Here is another photo of one of them stretching its wing and balancing on one leg.

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lesser yellowlegs by the Bay of Quinte spotted by

A couple of days later we spotted some least sandpipers.  At first I thought they might be young lesser yellowlegs as they were certainly smaller but and birding expert in our area, Terry Sprague, helped me with the identification and I learned that lesser yellowlegs don’t nest in our area.

least sandpipers down by the Bay of Quinte photo by

There was also a killdeer in the same area with the sandpipers.

a killdeer down by the Bay of Quinte, photo by

The swans are always lovely to photograph and they came very close to the shore for these photos.

photographing the swans by the Bay of Quinte by

Have you sighted and photographed any birds this week?

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20 Responses

  1. Margy

    Sandpipers are fun to watch. There was one at the cabin a long time ago. This year I had a single sighting of the brown-headed cowbird. They may be around when I’m not watching, but both of those were single observations. – Margy

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      We’ve seen sandpipers and sanderlings while visiting Victoria. This is our first sighting of them here in my part of Ontario. We get cowbirds all the time in spring and summer. They are a good signal that the nicer weather is approaching when they arrive. I’m sure they are around your feeders more often than you realize.

  2. Daniel LaFrance

    You’ve having good birding outings! Lovely photos as usual.

    All I’ve seen are gulls and turkey vultures when I’m out and about.

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      We were down there again yesterday but didn’t see any yellowlegs, killdeer, or sandpipers so they have probably moved on. The are where we spotted them has been drying out over the past week and they prefer a bit of water to wade in. I’ll keep looking in other places. Have a good weekend.

  3. Ricki Jill Treleaven

    Such lovely photos. I love swans! I haven’t taken any photos of birds lately, but I am enjoying the hummingbirds as they feed from the nectar of our chaste tree!


    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      It seems all I take are bird photos, unless of course it is the grandkids 🙂 I just cleaned out the hummingbird and oriole feeders yesterday and refilled them. The orioles have probably gone now but the hummers will be around for a few more weeks. Such lovely little birds to watch.

  4. Eileen

    Hello, awesome captures of all the birds. The Yellowlegs, Killdeer and the Swans are beautiful. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  5. Myrtle

    More great shots of the birds Linda.I know the Killdeer as my friend told me about them in Petrolia while we lived there and used to see them lots. I never tire of swan photos, beautiful bird.

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      Hi Myrt, I just noticed you left out a letter in your email account, you have gmil and it should be gmail for the comments to get through. This one ended up in the spam section. The next time you leave a comment, check to see if the email needs correcting. It’s just a typo
      Have a good weekend.

  6. Christine

    Hello Linda! These are super photos of the sandpipers & the swans but my favourite is your amazing shot of the lesser yellowleg performing a balancing act!
    Thanks so much for your comments on my post.

  7. Phil

    Hello Linda. Firstly I tried to reach you through Google+ but hit a brick wall. You may wish to look at that.

    So glad I saw your Lesserlegs as it’s a species that I might, if very lucky, find in the UK. We live in hope.

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      Hi Phil, I’m not really a Google+ user, just have it as some websites/blogs only let me leave a comment that way. I think yours is one of them. I’ll check into the settings. I thought I had left a post there with the url to my website, but again, will check it out.
      Hope you get to see the lesser yellowlegs. We’ve seen the greater and lesser now. It’s always great to view a new species.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Lea

    Great bird photos, especially the first one!
    Have a beautiful day!

  9. Gordon

    Great shots of some of my favourite birds seen in Florida.
    All the best, Gordon.

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