I found these two Solitary Sandpipers patrolling the edges of a very small pond. Solitary Sandpipers are migratory birds, and are just passing through. They will spend the hot summer months in Canada or Alaska.

The pond they stopped in was temporary in nature, barely more that a pool of collected rain water. By summer it would be gone.

A Solitary Sandpiper patrol the edge of a small pond.
A Solitary Sandpiper patrol the edge of a small pond.
These two Solitary Sandpipers were together only briefly.
These two Solitary Sandpipers were together only briefly.
The water these two Solitary Sandpipers are patrolling is really just a temporary pool of collected rain water.
The water these two Solitary Sandpipers are patrolling is really just a temporary pool of collected rain water.
A closer look at the very dark under-wing of the Solitary Sandpiper.
A closer look at the very dark under-wing of the Solitary Sandpiper.
The dark central tail feathers are another distinctive feature of the Solitary Sandpiper.
The dark central tail feathers are another distinctive feature of the Solitary Sandpiper.
A closer look at the Solitary Sandpiper's distinctive tail.
A closer look at the Solitary Sandpiper’s distinctive tail.
A Solitary Sandpiper flying by a male and female Blue-winged Teal.
A Solitary Sandpiper flying by a male and female Blue-winged Teal.
A closer look at the Solitary Sandpiper flyby.
A closer look at the Solitary Sandpiper flyby.
A Solitary Sandpiper.
A Solitary Sandpiper.

Observation Details

County Denton
City Carrollton
Date April 23, 2011
Time of Day Afternoon
Temperature Warm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
Weather Cloudy
Habitat Water-Pond
Type of Behavior Patrolling
Gender Uncertain
Maturity Adult
Observer Chris Jackson
Main Article Solitary Sandpiper Observation Location