Before anyone asks, no, I didn't go swimming or wading in the water. I came to this area to look at birds and practice digiscoping (which didn't go well). But, I got to see snowy plovers and other birds.
This least sandpiper was checking me out to make sure I wasn't going to be trouble for anyone.
Many of the black-bellied plovers are turning into breeding plumage:
Many, many western sandpipers, a lot of which were half-buried in the sand:
And, of course, I got lots of photos of the snowy plovers themselves:
It looks like there's one little plover in a nest or something. Or, just resting. I think it was a female checking out a male's nest scrape (in the middle of the photo under the one standing upright; May be hard to see). Not a good area to nest as vehicles drive through this area. There's a big area set aside just for them about 100 feet away. But, they don't seem interested:
There was also a massive amount of terns there, mostly royal terns, hanging out with the gulls. And, lots of curlews and a few whimbrels.