Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Black-bellied Plovers! - 19 May 2009

After my trip to Crane Creek this morning I stopped at Roberts Rd. and biked out to Cell 3. There I found: 16 Black-bellied Plovers, 12-16 Short-billed Dowitchers, 1 Ruddy Turnstone, ~150 Dunlin, and 5 Semipalmated Sandpipers. Winds were whipping, but I managed a couple of digiscoped images of several of the plovers from across the dike.

On the way back to the car I came across four Ruddy Ducks, including a handsome male. I managed a couple of digiscoped images despite the bird diving every five seconds.



1 comment:

cyberspacedawdler said...

Being from Arkansas perhaps it should be somewhat embarrassing to have pondered the Ruddy Duck photos with some measure of apprehension and distrust. I mean really…..you’ve got your basic brown, white and black duck…..with a “pastel blue” bill? Yea right and what do you take me for - some sort of ignorant hillbilly? Is this what you do with your Photo Shop software when you’re bored and can’t go birding – deface duck bills?

Further investigation however, as you already know, would have enlightened me to the fact that the reason a ‘city boy’ may never have encountered this particular species is due to the fact they tend to hang out in the Mississippi Delta when they visit Arkansas in the winter and not mid-town Little Rock. And even further investigation would have revealed that they really do have a blue bill!!

Nevertheless, I was amazed to find I was completely unfamiliar with this species of duck. Thanks for the posting!

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