14c Rare bird - Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
In May 2013, an Upland Sandpiper was reported seen in Iona in the Birding in British Columbia Community Forums. It also mentioned that the bird was very rare in the Lower Mainland.
The Upland Sandpiper inhabits native prairie and other open grassy areas in North America. Once abundant in the Great Plains, it population has been steadily declining since the mid-19th century, because of hunting and loss of habitat.
I went to see this bird in the inner ponds area. About 10 birders were at a clearing on the north-east pond, most with tripods and big lens ready for action. That must be the location where this bid was last seen, I thought. I walked over; a couple of birds gave me a nasty look, as if to tell me not to invade their space. For me, bird-watching is a pleasurable hobby, and I did not want to get involved in any confrontation. I walked around the other three ponds in a clockwise fashion. As I got to the north-west pond, I saw the Upland Sandpiper feeding ten feet away from me. I had the best seat in the house! I moved very slowly, and took pictures.