Wednesday, September 12, 2012

31 Red-necked Phalaropes! - 09 Sep 2012

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.

Thanks for the report, Karl!

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