When the opportunity to get a series of pictures for a photo-gallery presents itself, one can’t take the time to wonder if Corey hasn’t already got some stunning digishots (he has of course). When the moment is at hand, shoot.

SFO 27Nov13 Least Sandpiper 01

Only later did it become apparent that the gallery slot had already been filled, twice, but since I spent the best part of Thanksgiving morning sitting on a wet rock and now have hundreds of Least Sandpiper pictures, you are going to see them whether you want to or not!

SFO 27Nov13 Least Sandpiper 02

Most of you would have been looking at much bigger birds last Thursday.

SFO 27Nov13 flock 01

Even by comparison with a couple of Dunlin and a one-legged Western Sandpiper, the Least Sandpiper look less than a satisfying mouthful.

SFO 27Nov13 Least Sandpiper 09

The individuals above were seen at the top of the tide, pushed hard against the shore of San Francisco Bay. Below are birds from a small flock which were picking along the rocks by the AT&T Park, The San Francisco Giants Stadium, at the bottom of Third Street.

SFO 28Nov13 Least Sandpiper 02

Corey gave us a 360° view of a juvenile Calaidris minutilla and some fantastic images of spring adult birds. Hopefully, these Thanksgiving plumaged birds from the west coast will have something to bring to the party.

SFO 28Nov13 Least Sandpiper 06

The tide had retreated enough to reveal growth on the rocks and the reflections were irresistible.

SFO 28Nov13 Least Sandpiper 04

The rocks, made a great platform to shoot from and kept my silhouette hidden. By sitting quietly, the birds would gradually work their way along the edge and approach quite close. A California Sea-lion surfaced close by, making me jump and spooking the birds, but they soon returned.

SFO 28Nov13 Least Sandpiper 08

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Written by Redgannet
Redgannet has been working for over 33 years as a crew member/flight attendant and enjoys the well-ventilated air of the outdoors. The nom de blog, Redgannet, was adopted to add an air of mystery and to make himself more attractive to women. His father first whetted Redguga's appetite for all things natural by buying him his first pair of 7x35s and a copy of Thorburn's Birds. Having no mentor beyond an indulgent parent, he spent the first season hoping for an Egyptian Vulture at the bird table in his English garden. His most memorable birding moment is seeing an Egyptian Vulture with those same binoculars 26 years later. Redgannet is married to Canon, but his heart and half of his house belongs to Helen and their son Joseph. He is looking forward to communicating with people who don't ask if he is searching for the "feathered variety" of bird.