Sunrise Shorebirds! (semi-palmated plover)

No fog this morning! Yea! Instead this morning dawned crystal clear and 54F, which meant it was a great morning to hike in to the Erie Pier on the Duluth Waterfront. Yesterday evening I had hiked in (about one mile) just before sunset and the number of shorebirds were phenomenal … thus the repeat visit at sunrise! The mud flats and ponds did not disappoint!

A bit of bushwhacking was required to reach my desired birding location. I took a photograph of the view at my eye level while I was working my way into position. My height is 6 feet 2 inches, and as you are able to see, the grasses at this point in the summer are even over my head!

An Eye-Level View While Bushwhacking!
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Nice Find … A Semi-Palmated Plover!
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White Pelicans
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Poor Image, but Unusual Find for Northern Minnesota … Great Egret!
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