At the Walpatich Unit Marsh Wrens were singing in at least different locations. As I approached the bank I flushed (4) Green Herons from below me that flew off to deeper waters.
A Black-crowned Night Heron also flushed from farther up the pond, but flew toward me and landed in a dead snag near shore. In the early morning sunlight it made for a wonderful digiscoping opportunity, so I put the 3 second timer on and shot several nice portraits.
Continuing on I headed down the dike between Long Pond and Bloody Run Units. A single Black-necked Stilt preened in the morning sunlight far back in the LPU. A Lesser Yellowlegs also fed in the LPU. The field where I found the Baird's Sandpiper last Saturday a single Least Sandpiper fed near several Killdeer.
The North Causeway was soft after last night's rains, so I got to sweat a bit more before reaching the Vermet Unit. Heading back toward the Middle Causeway I paused for a few minutes to digiscope a noisy Marsh Wren just a few feet away. Unfortunately it was obscured enough by the sedges that I managed only a couple keepers. I scanned the Vermet Unit for the Snowy Egret but dipped on it.
As I approached the Middle Causeway four Short-billed Dowitchers flew in and landed in the LPU. I spent several minutes digiscoping the birds, and got a few keepers despite their constant motion. Returning back to the car a black bird w/ a white rump flushed from the grass ahead of me and landed in the short grasses on the other side of the ditch. A male Bobolink! I tried digiscoping it from from a distance but the moisture in the air made it difficult to get a clear focus. I managed a single keeper from the constantly-preening bird.