Great Blue Heron, Millennium Park, West Roxbury, MA
You'd think with so much rain overnight, the Charles would be swollen. But it appears that water level is more a matter of management than natural supply and this morning the mudflats at Millennium Park were back. Along with the peeps.
Immediately, something interesting: a small group of spotted sandpipers. I managed a long distance photo before they were chased off. By this red-tailed hawk (after sandpipers, really?). Adding to the curiosity, this hawk appears to be dragging something. I can't quite make out what it is. (These guys are supposed to be migrating, not nesting, this time of year). At any rate, a gang of blue jays quickly mobbed it.
I got relatively close to a solitary sandpiper on the near bank.
Medium distance was mostly populated by killdeer.
Hey! What's that in the background. That's not a least, semi-palmated, spotted, or solitary sandpiper! (Finally, my "one of these things is not like the others" activity pays off.)
I mustered several more shots, the clearest of which (you can click on the images to see them a little bigger) is unfortunately a heads-down shot. I'm going to say tentatively: pectoral sandpiper.