Saturday, July 19, 2014

Cell 3, PMSGA - 17 Jul 2014

A quick ride out to Cell 3 in the afternoon yielded the usual suspects. 43 American White Pelicans in the SW corner on the mud peninsula, 1 American Avocet, 100 Lesser Yellowlegs, ~50 each Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, 3 Short-billed Dowitchers and 1 Stilt Sandpiper. Least and Forster's Terns were roosting (~2 dozen ea) and a dozen or so Caspian Terns. Only saw 3-4 Black Terns on the mud spit.  Killdeer continue to be numerous (~3 dozen). Eastern Kingbirds now have fledged young, with parents out with 1-2 young birds on the open branches.

A Spotted Sandpiper gave me probably the best looks in years, so I spent a few minutes digiscoping it  from about 100' away.  Other than that a couple of Least Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs were close enough for some scope work.  Everything else was too far off to bother with.

I only stayed about 30 minutes before riding back to the Roberts Rd. entrance and headed home.

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