Actually, some shorebirds are doing more than just flying by as their numbers are also building on the Connecticut coast. I have seen an increase in the number of Dunlin and, to some degree, Sanderling. I know Killdeers are being seen in much higher numbers, and this is a great month as always for American Woodcock to start making their amazing mating displays. Yesterday the state's first American Oystercatcher for 2012 was seen by Frank Mantlik, and any day now the first Piping Plovers will be here.
So how many Dunlin and Sanderling can you count in the picture above? Are you able to identify which is which between the similar species? If you find a Curlew Sandpiper in there please do tell...
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