A few more photos from my Sunday at the Shore. This little fellow kept running past me, as Sanderling will do.
This Greater Black-backed Gull was enjoying some fresh fish, while a Ruddy Turnstone stayed close by looking for any opportunity to run in for a quick bite. These Gulls are very, very large and will prey on smaller birds if given a chance. The Turnstone kept a respectful distance but didn’t run too far away.
It seemed to me that these folks were paying a lot of attention to this group of Turnstones. Then I noticed the smaller, darker birds.
A Purple Sandpiper was hanging out with this flock of Turnstones. Purple Sandpipers are rare visitors to the Jersey Shore, but can often be found at Barnegat Lighthouse.