We are beginning to move into migratory bird fly-through season on the east coast. As a result, the beach – particularly the early morning tide line – has been full of shore birds. Myriad species of gulls and other shore birds leave the low tide line littered with the remains of their meals. The tiny pipers and plovers dig for sand crabs and coquinas, and the larger gulls pick open the mussels and crabs. It is a veritable buffet! The birds are so busy eating that it is possible to creep to just a few feet away from them. This arrangement was sighted just after such an encounter.