Sanderlings, Sandpipers, Peeps…a confusing lot of similarly sized and colored shore birds according to Cornell’s All About Birds. They are fun to watch as they zip along the water’s edge poking the sand for food.
This peep was on his own. He had a buddy when I first spotted him but he flew up the beach.
They are easy to overlook because of their small size and their brown feathers blend them into the sand
The reflection of the sun in the wet sand made a nice color backdrop when he went closer to the water.
I don’t know what these two Yellowlegs were sparring about, but they were pretty serious. They repeated this dance in several spots at the edge of the pond. It might be a mating dance but in October in South Carolina that seems out of sync.
The contrast between the birds and the grassy background isn’t what I had hoped for but the action and their flight skills were fascinating. Click on any photo for a larger view.