One of my favorite places to visit is Holland Michigan. Karen was raised there and she still has relatives in and around Holland so we make it a point to visit there a couple of times a year. When there we usually go to Holland State Park (HSP) a couple of times to check out the harbor for shorebirds and waterfowl. We went this past Sunday on a beautiful sunny morning and spotted a couple of Semipalmated Sandpipers foraging around the rocks that line the pier leading out of the harbor into Lake Michigan.
Shorebirds are tough to identify so it took me a while to settle on Semipalmated as the correct ID. I had lots of picture opportunities so I was able to confirm my ID once I uploaded the shots to my laptop. If you look at the feet of the bird below you can clearly see the webbing between the toes – note the webbing doesn’t extend all the down the toes, just partially (semi).
Small sandpipers, like the Semipalmated Sandpiper, are often called “Little Peeps”. Here you see a Little Peep giving a little peep.
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