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Sanderlings pass through our area twice a year during their long-distance migration. This adult is on its way to southern South America for the winter. Keith Corliss

Flight Lines: Shorebird stories are almost mythical

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It actually began some weeks ago, the arrival of the first migrant shorebirds into our area following the breeding season.

An individual here, a small group there, and large concentra-tions at ideal sites. To think that most of these skinny-legged birds probing around in the shallow mudflats will within weeks be seeking invertebrates to eat in similar habitats a hemisphere away never ceases to astound.

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