Last weekend Art and I took a drive while the kids were watching a movie up at Hasty Brook. We turned off the county road onto a minimum maintenance road that we'd explored before. After barely a mile we turned a corner to find the road under water. We stopped to look around a bit and see how deep the water was when Art spotted a bird walking through the shallow water far up ahead. I got my bins on it but couldn't get a very good look. As I was getting back into the truck Art whispered that it was flying our way. I got a few pictures and jotted down some field marks. I do not know shorebirds. At all. When I got home I looked through my field guides and thought I was pretty sure it was a solitary sandpiper- pretty sure. I emailed this picture around to a few people and Birdchick confirmed my id! One down, about 50 to go! Maybe I CAN learn a few shorebirds. The kids and I stopped into Half Price Books, my favorite used books store this afternoon and I found a used copy of the Stokes Beginners Guide to Shorebirds. I have two months before my Cape May trip. Maybe I can learn a couple more by then.