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Last week, I saw shore birds keeping their distance from the waves and coming in calmer waters behind the jetty at Barnegat Lighthouse. They were looking for food as usual, but perhaps with more urgency than on calmer days. Thus occupied, they allowed me to come close to them without flying away.

Sanderling behind the jetty at Barnegat Lighthouse.

Sanderlings are well known for running in groups along the surf . This one below was running by itself, but not for very long.



Ruddy Turnstone in non-breeding colors.

Ruddy Turnstone: getting ready to turn a stone?

There was also a group of Semipalmated Plovers basking in the sun, not doing much of anything, with some sleeping on one foot.

Semipalmated Plover.