|Egyptian Goose - Canon 7Dii, EF 100-400 f/5.6 L|
Though the swallows were mostly gone, there was much more variety in shorebirds. The full list of my identifications is on eBird but several more species were noted by others. I readily picked out a group of Wilson's Phalarope in winter plumage and some scattered Lesser Yellowlegs.
There were also some Black Tern, another new species for me. The rest was a bewildering assortment of sandpipers. My shorebird skills are poor so I had to get pointers from fellow birders. The Piping Plover was foraging in the far distance beyond where I could make out field marks with binoculars. This species is listed as endangered and threatened. The Great Lakes population is endangered and the Northern Great Plains and Atlantic Coast populations are threatened. Both populations winter on the Gulf Coast. There is some question as to whether this individual is injured as it was reported in the same spot over several days and did not flush along with other birds.
|Piping Plover - Vortex Viper / iPhone 6+|
|Semipalmated Plover - Vortex Viper / iPhone 6+|
|Pectoral Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper|