I met Brandon and his wife several days ago on a shorebird survey on Little Saint Simons island along the Georgia coast. He and his wife came up from Florida and helped us gather valuable data about shorebird numbers on the island during the winter. We spent several hours together on the north end of the island on Sancho Panza beach, counting thousands of shorebirds. As I am still learning the finer points of I.D. I appreciated Brandon's extensive field experience and calm demeanor. (even when a Merlin flushed the Dunlin he was counting) He shared with me helpful tidbits of I.D. such as the color of Semipalmated plover looks like wet sand, compared to the dry sand hue of the Piping Plover. Together we counted 1,105 Semipalmated plovers, 3,197 Dunlin and various numbers of nearly a dozen total shorebird species. It was definitely a great day in the field with a true biologist. After the survey was complete we had a great interview together, with him and his wife (who will be featured with Brandon in a separate upcoming post) Thank you both!