A couple of weeks ago, when the blue Vancouver sky was cloaked in a smokey haze from far-away forest fires, my friend D and I headed to Wreck Beach, hoping that the westernmost end of Vancouver would have clearer skies. If not, well, it was a perfectly hot day for a swim in the ocean.
After swimming, we walked along the mudflats by the log booming yard. At a fuzzy visual distance, we saw some sparrow-sized birds moving like sandpipers. Young sandpipers??? The birds flew away before D could get his camera out, but he managed to photograph a similar looking bird a little while later. I thought Sanderling was a nice name for a small sandpiper but after looking at small sandpipers on All About Birds, I decided the bird was a Least Sandpiper (another photograph clearly showed yellow legs). The smallest of the “peeps”!