I have taken thousands of photos of birds over the past 3 years, and most with a better camera, but this will always be my favorite. Everything about it is special. I had just adopted my rescued Border Collie, Macy, that first week in May, and brought her on leash to the beach down the road. I didn’t expect there to be any shorebirds on the beach, plus she was on leash and couldn’t make much trouble. She sniffed something in the rocks. And there it was. My first Semipalmated Sandpiper of the season, an early migrant, sleeping hard from the flight of many thousands of kilometers. There are things you cannot plan in this life. Good things.
The Common Yellowthroat is a familiar bird during the summer in Nova Scotia, but rarely out in the open like this unless they feel threatened. Very skulky birds more often heard then seen. I was lucky to happen upon this one enjoying a snack in a sunny bush and fire off a shot before it flew off.