As other activity slows, mid to late summer offers plenty of opportunities along all of the beaches associated with Michigan Highway M-22, The Sleeping Bear Biding Trail. Our money bird, the Piping Plover has already begun its move southward, most females have already left, and the rest will be moving along steadily. At the same time so many of the shoreline wading birds we see going northward in the very early spring are now beginning their return migration south. Sanderlings, various sandpipers, several of the larger plovers, Willets and more can be observed in small groups or sporadic small waves. Walking the beach through the late summer often brings the chance to see a rare visitor. Mid-July brought a report, confirmed, of the first Michigan sighting of a Wandering Tattler. Breeding in Alaska this bird is most often seen along the West Coast and sometimes as far away as Australia.