I couldn’t get to Morningside until 10:30 this morning due to a commitment I had forgotten I had. When I arrived, I kayaked all around the islands. I only found 2 Spotted Sandpipers and a Killdeer. I searched for some time just in case I had missed something and decided to leave. As I began to paddle away, I heard peeps flying in. Sure enough, a group of four landed with the other birds on the farthest island. I zoomed over and found 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 1 Least and the WESTERN SANDPIPER! They began feeding and seemed oblivious to my presence. They were so confiding that the Western went under the front of my kayak to feed. This seems to happen with whatever sandpipers are present there. This gave me the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with the birds, photographing at my leisure. What a beautiful bird this is! A Northern Harrier flew through a couple of times, but the peeps seemed to be comfortable close to me. When the sun was finally getting to hot, I pulled myself away. Jeff Goulding and Peter Schyler got in touch with me, went for the birds and got them! Congratulations guys! I think these birds will probably remain through the day if anyone is interested in trying for them. The winds are very light and out of the east, that shouldn’t inspire them to move. I was able to find any of the other shorebirds from yesterday. I’d also like to thank Tom Burke for his input as well! Here are some shots of the Western with the other peeps.