But the day was not a disappointment! A pair of Red Knots roamed the mud flats far out of digiscoping range along with a Golden Plover, several Ruddy Turnstones, a Wilson's Phalarope, several Baird's Sandpipers, a Sanderling, and the regular host of Short-billed Dowitchers, Stilt Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, Killdeer and Semipalmated Plovers.
I managed a record shot of one of the Knots, and took pleasure in being able to get some keeper shots of one of the adult Black-necked Stilts with 3 young. The four birds flew in and landed in one of the closer ponds that allowed for some acceptable images from about 50 feet away.
While riding out to the Long Pond Unit via the North Causeway I found an immature Black-crowned Night Heron that posed nicely on a rusty pipe in the NE corner of the Vermet Unit. I stopped long enough to get some nice digiscoped images before moving on. Dipping on the Buff-breasted Sandpipers I took solace in a nearby Monarch Butterfly feeding on the Purple Loosetrife growing along the shoreline.