I had a molting adult White-rumped Sandpiper at Montrose Beach late this afternoon, September 7. The bird was in the fluddle at the west end of the beach with a group of other shorebirds – Sanderlings, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, and Semipalmated Plovers. White-rumped Sandpipers are rare at Montrose in the fall.
Decent numbers of shorebirds have been at Montrose Beach the last few days, including Semipalmated Plovers, Sanderlings, Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, and Ruddy Turnstones. Most of these birds have been using the fluddle at the west end of the beach, but small numbers have also been at the east end of the beach next to the fishing pier, including the juvenile Ruddy Turnstone pictured here. Also, the overwhelming majority of shorebirds are now juveniles, as would be expected at this time of the year.