Coastal shorelines and mudflats support the largest concentrations of migrating shorebirds, but you don’t have to go to the coast to see many of them. Inland shorelines, pond edges, rivers and mudflats also provide habitat for migrating sandpipers. Also, grassy fields at sod farms attract several shorebirds.
And not all shorebirds are Arctic nesters. American oystercatchers, Wilson’s plovers, willets and black-necked stilts nest in habitats on Georgia’s coast.
Likewise, not all shorebirds overwinter in South America. Many spend the winter on Georgia’s coast, taking advantage of abundant food on beaches, salt marshes and mudflats.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The moon will be first-quarter on Wednesday. Only two planets are visible now: Jupiter is in the south around dusk and will appear near the moon on Friday night. Saturn rises in the east just after dark and will appear near the moon Sunday night.