There are a bunch of very similar looking tiny shore birds that move around very quickly for the most part. I tend to refer to them in aggregate as ‘peeps’. Quite some time ago (8/31/13) I happened across a rather large gathering of them. For once they were pretty much at rest and not skimming the waves at high speed. I’ve never nailed down what species they are. It looks like there were two different types, not exactly mingling, but resting close together. I’m guessing the little ones with the shorter legs might be Sanderlings, but haven’t a clue about the bunch with the longer legs and darker coloring.
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He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars.
― Jack London,