Breakfast on the causeway

So many birds on the Dunedin causeway when I went for a drive on a cold early morning in late February. At first it looked like they were all dowitchers but I found a few other birds mixed in. They were feeding along the rack line on the north side of the causeway were its rocky along the water.

A few tiny sanderlings were mixed in with the dowitchers.

You can always find a willet here.

There were dunlins mixed in with the crowd. They looked drab here in their winter colors without the brown and black feathers they have during the summer.

Someone walked by and spooked them (not many people walk this side of the causeway). I was taking most of these from my car.

They were all feeding together in large groups. The dowitchers seem to favor the newer greener seaweed. The dunlins were feeding in the older brown seaweed.

Several times they would all take off and circle back to the same spot. There were also a few ruddy turnstones in the mix with those orange legs.

A lone willet flies along the causeway.

6 thoughts on “Breakfast on the causeway

  1. Hello,
    What a wonderful sighting, so many shorebirds. I hope they are on the way up the coast to us. Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend.

  2. Hello :=) Your shorebird captures are wonderful. I don’t get the opportunity to see so many different kinds feeding together. The flight shot of the Willet is brilliant.

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