Saturday, August 20, 2011
Doing daily walks around Elkton for Buster and bird watching I repeatedly see the same species every day, so whenever I get to see a new bird, I consider it a real gift. This was the case with this Spotted Sandpiper feeding in the Umpqua River. At first sighting I was ready to dismiss it as another Killdeer. When I took a closer look with the binoculars I realized it did not have the facial pattern for a Killdeer, but I was unclear what it was, so I continued to watch it. Then it turned to me and I noticed the telltale spotted breast, and as I continued to watch I saw the trade mark tipping back and forth that made it a positive identification of a Spotted Sandpiper, a first for me in Douglas County.