Topic: Shorebirds at Flood Tide on Nummy

This morning the flood tide pushed all the shorebirds up to within 10-30 m of the road across Nummy Island, permitting excellent and easy viewing - even from the car.  Visible were Dunlin, dowitchers, Semi-palm sandpiper and plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Black-bellied Plover, Red Knot (1), Whimbrel, Oystercatcher, Willet, and some others.

While watching shorebirds, Clapper Rails were also coming to the high ground and we got good looks.  One hapless rail was captured by a Great Black-backed Gull, taken to 20+ feet and unceremoniously dropped.  It was then pounced upon, pecked twice, and picked up again.  After dropping the rail one more time, the gull gave up.  We couldn't tell if the rail was alive or not.  This shows how vulnerable some of these marsh birds are to predators when the tide is this high!