When the tide rolls out on the cinnamon-hued sands of Flagler Beach, the shorebirds get busy.
Plovers, Sandpipers and Stilts hop along the edge of the surf, poking their beaks into the sand, searching tidal pools for breakfast. The foam dances at their feet as the sun rises over the Atlantic, but they don’t seem to notice, occupied by the hunt for tiny crabs and succulent insects.
You can take advantage of the ideal time to observe shorebirds in the Low Tide Shorebird Walk at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach, Feb. 22, 2014, 8 --9 a.m. A Park Ranger will take you for a beginner’s shorebird walk, teaching you how to easily discover the identity of the birds on the beach.
It’s a stroll worth taking. Because starting the morning like a shorebird is a sure way to make your heart soar for the rest of the day.
Regular park entry fees apply, and RSVP is required. Registration will close after the maximum number of participants allowed has been reached. Register online here or RSVP by calling 386-517-2086. Please bring binoculars and a birding field guide if you have them, otherwise, these items will be provided.