Date: 1/25/19 2:43 pm From: Lisa Larson <lisafaylarson...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] This morning at New Brighton Beach
I walked from New Brighton to Seacliff Beach this morning from 8-10 and I was happy to see more shorebirds there than I have seen in quite a while. Most likely because it is January and today is a weekday. There were 7 Willets, a Whimbrel and about 10 Long-billed Curlews. I can't recall the last time I saw Willets on New Brighton Beach! The Sanderlings numbered about 80, and they let me walk gingerly past them as I averted my eyes. I was surprised to see a Forster's Tern on the beach amid a small group of Ring-billed gulls and a couple of CA Gulls. It was shy, and took off to sea as I approached. Its legs were a very intense red - more so than I had ever noted before - but then, I typically see them flying. At first my heart skipped a beat or two as I thought I may be seeing something unusual - and of course I had no camera. It was a handsome bird. I didn't see any others at all. Is it unusual to see one on the beach there?