Thursday, June 2, 2011
Reeve @ Pt. Mouillee SGA - 02 Jun 2011
I biked in from Mouillee Creek and headed straight for Cell 3 along the Middle Causeway. Stopping along the south end of the Vermet Unit I looked for, but could not find, the Whimbrel reported yesterday.
A scan of the mudflats farther toward the middle of the Cell revealed several Ruddy Turnstones and a White-rumped Sandpiper.
A few minutes later the entire flock flushed and flew off toward the east dike of Cell 3. It was about this time that Andy Dettling arrived after biking 2 hrs. from his home in Westland (?). We chatted a bit and scanned the Humphries Unit, finding a Cattle Egret and numerous Black-crowned Night Herons, but no Snow Egret.
As the Peregrine disappeared over the Humphries Unit w/ prey in tow, we watched several large shorebird flocks whirl and bank over open water before settling down along the east shoreline. We made the decision to ride over to east dike to relocate the unknown shorebird, and once there, watched as the entire flock decided to fly back across to the west side of Cell 3.
We returned, only to watch the flock take off again and fly back across to the east side of Cell 3. Frustrated, we decided to head back over to the east dike one last time. Before doing so, we relocated the Reeve by itself near the dike in shallow water, so the odds improved that it wouldn't flush w/ the other shorebirds.