Karl Overman reported 31 Red-necked Phalaropes yesterday at Lotus Rd. in southern Monroe Co. Greg Links had reported 16 birds earlier in the day. So, I took a quick run down to Lotus Rd. with the hopes of being able to get some digiscoped images.
I arrived at the railroad tracks at about 8:30 am and saw only a half-dozen Killdeer along the left shoreline of the visible mudflat. It wasn't until I walked onto the tracks that I saw them. Small flocks of Red-necked Phalaropes working the exposed mudflats that were hidden from view by the phragmites lining the road. I did a quick count: 31 birds! Same number that Karl reported yesterday.
Also seen were 22 Killdeer, 12 Lesser Yellowlegs, 14 Least Sandpipers, 4 Semipalmated Plovers, and 4-5 Blue-winged Teal.
Though distances were farther than I'd like, I managed to get a few keeper digiscoped images before the clouds moved in around 9 am. With lighting suddenly flat and the birds moving farther out of range I packed up and headed back home.