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Yellowlegs, Greater and Lesser
16-SEP-2011

Yellowlegs, Greater and Lesser

The strong winds earlier in the day gave way to a gentler breeze late in the day. The Sabines Gull gave great views to all who were there. I heard from birders that it would walk up to them only several feet away. A number of birders were able to go up for close up photos. During the time I was observing the Sabines Gull, it flushed only twice. Many people were around watching and photographing it.

One time we watched as a crow landed right behind it. Soon as it did that, the Sabine's Gull took off. The second time was when 3 crows landed behind it. Soon as the crows landed behind it, the Sabines Gull took off (I kind of knew it was going to do that after witnessing the previous occurence earlier). I was about 30 yards away at the time.

Someone on the beach busily talking on a cell phone grumbled that the gull was now headed to the Deschenes Rapids, he assumed. After muttering that, he left. Soon as he did that, the Sabines Gull flew back in and landed in pretty much the exact same spot as it had taken off from only a minute or so ago when the 3 crows landed behind it.

There it fed happily until a Peregrine Falcon patrolled the shoreline along Ottawa Beach. I heard the gulls, so looked up and saw the Peregrine. I walked back down the beach to see if the Sabines Gull was still feeding there (I didn't see it fly as I was headed the other way down the beach). I did not find it. Two yellowlegs, a lesser and a greater were still there though, perched very close together. Earlier, a Bairds Sandpiper was also seen in the same general area. Happy birding.


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