Monday, August 4, 2014
Shotgun Birding - 03 Aug 2014
In the NE corner of Cell 3 a half-dozen Short-billed Dowitchers were hanging around. I would only see one Stilt Sandpiper in the area. Least Sandpipers and a couple of Semipalmated Plovers were running around on the mudflats.
I rode around the north end of Cell 3 and stopped long enough to say 'hi' to Dan Gertiser, then headed toward the North Causeway and Vermet Unit. I scanned the NE corner of the Humphries Unit but failed to find any evidence of a Yellow-crowned Night Heron. One bird showed some promise but failed to make itself visible enough to ID, so it went into the books as as Black-crowned Night Heron.
I then rode around the north end of Cell 4 and checked out Cell 5 for the Marbled Godwit. No luck, either. A Greater Yellowlegs was present among three Lesser Yellowlegs. Baltimore Orioles, Yellow Warblers and Eastern Kingbirds kept hopping trees ahead of me as I rode back around to the Vermet Unit.
I then followed the group back toward Cell 3 where a Wilson's Phalarope appeared among the Semipalmated Sandpipers and Lesser Yellowlegs. My time was up, however, and I headed back to the car, stopping just long enough to say 'hi' to Rick Brigham, who graced us w/ his presence from the west side of the State!