Birding at low tide can offer opportunities to see birds we might miss at other stages of the tide. That’s because we can get closer to the rocky areas some seabirds occupy while feeding, resting or even nesting. My darling Debbie and I took some friends, Bob and Sunny along with us for a stroll on a beach here in Bandon, Oregon during a minus tide a while back. I always remind myself to never go anywhere without my camera. I have missed the opportunity to photograph several “lifer birds” because I left the camera at home or even in the car. Well, I did it again! We spot some Tufted Puffins on a sea-stack well within camera range and -no camera. I run back to the car. Drive home like a mad man on a mission (5 miles an hour below the speed limit, that’s fast for me), and make it back with both Debbie’s camera and mine. Following are a few pics we took.
Below is a Marbled Godwit. I took this shot during a minus tide at Bandon’s South jetty. This was the first time I had ever seen this species of bird before.
A few minutes later we came across a Black Oystercatcher. This bird uses it’s beak to pry open the shells of bivalves.
Birding at low and minus low tides can be very rewarding as you can see. Please be respectful of the life on the ground and rocks. Tread lightly and stay off the rocks that are normally below water. The clams, mussels, worms etc; are very sensitive to human activity. Bring your camera, keep your eyes open and you might get a shot like this, an American Oystercatcher. ‘Till next time— Happy Birding!