Buff-breasted Sandpiper

For over 20 years, my only views of Buff-breasted Sandpiper have been fuzzy, backlit apparitions, seen through a spotting scope at distances well over 100 yards. But on September second of 2010, I discovered this very trusting specimen, foraging around the model airplane field. By crawling on my stomach I was able to get close enough for dozens of closeup shots, two of which are shown here. This bird is classified as very rare in the Sherwood Island checklist, but a few days after this one showed up, Tina Green found a second.
September 2010