Sandpiper feast in the upper Bay of Fundy

Tiny shorebirds feed on the mudflats at low tide in Shepody Bay, Dorchester, NB, 11 August 2015 (Dearing)

Tiny shorebirds feed on mudflats at low tide in Shepody Bay, Dorchester, NB, 11 August 2015 (Dearing)


Millions of shorebirds including sandpipers are converging on the upper Bay of Fundy this week – as they do every August – to feast on shrimp and other nutrients on the mudflats during low tide.

The shorebirds lay eggs in the Arctic in the spring and fatten up here in a mid-summer stopover to prepare for a 72-hour non-stop flight to South America where they spend the winter.

Afterward, the tiny birds head north again in the spring and the cycle repeats.

Weather conditions have been favourable with warm, sunny days and a brief but much-needed rain yesterday to coincide with the annual migration.

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