|Semipalmated Sandpipers on Coroa Dos Ovos|
The tides in this area are extreme. Low tides expose rich substrate in the mangroves, and create extensive mudflats between Coroa Dos Ovos and the mainland on which the shorebirds forage. At high tides, birds are pushed up into the mangroves and onto the island to roost. It was not uncommon to see Whimbrel and Willet roosting in mangrove trees (weird to those of us used to seeing them in salt marsh)! At extreme high tides, many more birds are forced out of the mangroves to roost on Coroa Dos Ovos.
|Whimbrel and Semipalmated Sandpipers roosting in the mangroves|
|One of the Western Sandpipers we captured – an after second year (adult). Note the dark centers to the back feathers, dark tertials, and little bit of rufous on one or two scapulars (leftover from breeding plumage).|
|Whimbrels and 13 Bar-tailed Godwits (and a Willet that you can't really see)|
|And again, can you find all 13?|
|...and here is 5-13|
|And here is the 14th Bar-tailed Godwit, with Whimbrel and Gull-billed Terns (the tern in the bottom left is a Yellow-billed Tern)|