Our current one is indeed a remarkably long staying individual. Especially given that it is fall.
On Sun, Sep 27, 2020 at 5:01 PM Florence Sanchez via groups.io <sanchezucsb11...> wrote:
> I was thrilled to read that the Curlew Sandpiper is still present. It > has been seen every day since Sept. 16th, making today's date Day 13. If > it shows up again tomorrow, it will complete 2 full weeks here. That is > remarkable. > > I have had discussions with a couple of birders about why this bird is > staying so long. Someone suggested that perhaps the Sandpiper made one > long trans-Pacific flight before landing here and thus is sticking around > to build up its strength before continuing on. Along those lines, another > birder suggested that the bird might be so disoriented that it thinks here > is where it's supposed to be. We will never now of course, but it's > intriguing to try to figure out. > > I've wondered that because the food supply is so good on its favorite > beach, there may be no reason to leave. However, Mark Holmgren reminded me > that changing currents and wave patterns sometimes wipe out all the kelp > wrack on this beach. If that happens while the Curlew Sandpiper is still > here, it might decide to finally move on. We will have to wait and see. > > Florence Sanchez > > > >