Salmon Arm Shorebirds, BC

Juvenile Hudsonian Godwit at Salmon Arm in the Okanagan Valley, BC on 9 September 2018


VIDEO: Salmon Arm Shorebirds: Juvenile Long-billed Dowitchers, Stilt Sandpiper, Hudsonian Godwit, and a Wilson's Snipe making huffing sounds. This could be the hoarse, raspy scaap call described in the Birds of North America on-line. It's the only vocalization outside the breeding season, and is given during migration, when flushed and "during pursuit flights".

The pier at Salmon Arm on Shuswap Lake in the Okanagan Valley of interior British Columbia spans mudflats in the fall that attract shorebirds. You look down on them, giving great views of the plumage of their backs. 9 September 2018.


VIDEO: Wilson's Snipe view from above as it bobs up and down to music on the waterfront.

Wilson's Snipe at Salmon Arm on 9 September 2018


Juvenile Long-billed Dowitchers molting into first winter (formative) plumage. 9 September 2018.


Juvenile Stilt Sandpipers. New grey first winter (formative) feathers are starting to molt in. Salmon Arm on 9 September 2018.


Viewing shorebirds from the pier at Salmon Arm on 9 September 2018.