I had just passed the junction of Vermet/Long Pond/Humphries on bike, waving to the Border Patrol officer as he sat in his car on the dike. An unusual amount of gunfire was occurring in the SGA this morning, although I hadn't seen any geese flying, suggested that a bit of overexuberance was occurring by those happy to be out shooting. Two hunters in a boat fired at a goose flying over the Vermet, and dropped it (injured) into the water. As the hapless bird flopped in the water they sped up in their boat to put it down. Unfortunately (for me) I was in the area when they fired from the boat into the water, killing the bird. The buckshot skimmed across the water and peppered the dike about 20 feet behind me, sending me into a loud rage! They ignored me, collected their bird and sped off. I photographed them and will be sending a note to the DNR...
I scanned the middle of the mudflats, finding only a scattering of Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers, a Pectoral Sandpiper, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper (that flew off), and six Sanderlings. With nothing else of interest, I headed toward the east shoreline. Unfortunately, a bulldozer was clearing the dike along the east side of Cell 3 that made access precarious at-best.
Once it moved far enough to the south, I headed along the dike to the small mud spit about half-way down. There I found a dozen Stilt Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, 2 Sanderlings, Semipalmated Plovers, and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Slowly working my way down the side of the bank I walked out onto the spit and proceeded to digiscope the birds from 30 - 90' away. A better part of an hour produced the following images: