Memorial Day at Cutler Wetlands

I spent an overcast Memorial Day morning at the Cutler Wetlands.  A light breeze was enjoyed by me and the birds alike.  I watched the usual cast of Ibises, Sandpipers and Moorhens feeding in and along the shallow waters and of course I snapped a few photographs.

Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)

Western Sandpipers feeding along the water’s edge.

A group of White Ibises took to the sky in unison.

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)

This Tricolor faces into the wind and displays its beautiful plumage.

Nice Catch!

Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

A pair of Common Moorhens cautiously picking through the puddles.

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Tag. You’re it!

Sandpipers are a lot of fun to watch.  They are fast runners, darting around on their little legs then taking to the air looping in tight circles to defend their territory.  Sandpipers are available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors and their populations are widespread.   They are shorebirds but also found inland along marshes and ponds.  These two Western Sandpipers were engaged in a game of tag at Cutler Wetlands.

Two Western Sandpipers engaged in a game of tag.

Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri)