From the North Causeway I managed a few digiscoped images of a Short-billed Dowitcher feeding just across the canal in the Long Pond Unit. As I headed for the Vermet Unit, however, I dropped my Coolpix P5100. Ughh! It's now dead, and I'm back to shopping for a new digiscoping camera.
The Vermet Unit was loaded with hundreds of Great Egrets, Mallard, Coots, and more shorebirds: mostly Lesser Yellowlegs and Short-billed Dowitchers. However, I did spot a pair of Pectoral Sandpipers, and was in the process of digiscoping them when I realized my camera was dead...
FOY Spotted Sandpipers were numersous along the east side of the Vermet, as well as Tree and Barn Swallows. As I reached Cell 3 I found hundreds of shorebirds: Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers, several Stilt Sandpipers, and Semipalmated Sandpipers. I was surprised to find an adult Greater Black-backed Gull roosting among several 1st and 2nd-cycle Herring Gulls. A half-dozen Bonaparte's Gulls (1st cycle presumed) were also present in Cell 3.
I met up with Will Weber, who reported seeing a Black-bellied Plover and several Sanderlings still in alternate plumage. As we chatted a Common Tern screamed its "Kiiieeeer" sound overhead. We then saw Todd Palgut and Lyle Hamilton a few minutes later.
As I returned down the Middle Causeway toward the dike between Vermet and Long Pond Units, I scared up a female Bobolink. She landed just a few feet away from me, but I was too slow with the camera to capture her sitting atop a cattail stalk. A few minutes later I found a pair of Least Sandpipers feeding in the mud along the east shore of the Long Pond Unit. A pair of Bald Eagles rounded out the morning's highlights.