Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Wood Sandpiper leads the stand-alones
Birds of a feather may well flock together, but some species seem happy to stand alone much of the time. Almost always solo when around Ingham, Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) also often turns up in temporary pools (roadside, above) ignored by others.
Pied Heron (Egretta picata) less often totally alone, but seldom up this way accompanied by others of its species, though I did see 16 standing on dirt ridge in flooded Orient Station paddock recently. Never before seen such a large group.
Not so notable a loner, indeed sometimes here in hundreds, none the less Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra) will happily stick around by itself for weeks without any evidence of pining for company.