Algoma District - A treat for us so used to Red-winged Blackbirds. They have little in common with them except the family association. They are more approachable, spend most of the day ground feeding in grassy areas, fly about interacting with one another, have a very different call and males have an almost liquid metallic sheen.
In 30 years, I've never experience something like this. While hunkered down at the water's edge, well over a thousand Dunlin and other sandpipers started making their way towards me. Eventually, all I could hear was a chorus of "peeps" as the birds quickly followed the tide moving in...eventually surrounding me. It was like I was feeding with them at one point. I took a few photos and crawled away, making sure not to flush them on their journey of several thousand miles.