Sunday, August 16, 2015

Baird's Sandpiper! - 16 Aug 2015

A Baird's Sandpiper was the highlight of a good morning of birding at Pt. Mouillee SGA in n. Monroe Co., MI. Cody Porter and I watched the juvenile forage along the extreme east end of the Long Pond Unit in the vicinity of both juvenile Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers. We failed to refind the Western Sandpiper that was found yesterday by Scott Jennex.



Baird's and Least Sandpiper


Semipalmated Sandpiper


Nearby, Cody spotted 5 Yellow-headed Blackbirds and a Sora a few minutes later.



Earlier, I had arrived at Siegler Rd. and found one of the juvenile Snowy Egrets foraging among ~50 Great Egrets at the west end of the Long Pond Unit.

I then ran into Andrew Sturgess and spent some time chatting with him and photographing a Wilson's Snipe along the north end of the unit. He showed pics of several Sora and a Virginia Rail.


After leaving him I headed along the North Causeway to the east end of the Long Pond Unit, and spotted 4 Wilson's Phalarope in the open mudflats visible from the dike. I waded into the brush and was able to get to edge of the mudflat and close enough to digiscope the birds still 40 meters away.

Least and Semipalmated Sandpiper juveniles were closer and made for nice comparison.

A Greater Yellowlegs (juvenile) and Lesser Yellowlegs (adult) also made nice comparison pics.


I would also run into John Parker, who reported seeing the Willet in the Vermet Unit. A Northern Harrier was a nice find on the way back to the car.

Pte. Mouillee SGA, Monroe, Michigan, US Aug 16, 2015 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s) Comments: Cody Porter contributed the Yellow-headed Blackbirds. 32 species
Canada Goose 35
Wood Duck 6
Mallard 15
Blue-winged Teal 20
Green-winged Teal 15
Ruddy Duck 2
Pied-billed Grebe 14
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 45
Snowy Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Northern Harrier 1
Sora 1
Common Gallinule 2 juveniles
Semipalmated Plover 2
Killdeer 12
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 23
Lesser Yellowlegs 24
Baird's Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 20
Pectoral Sandpiper 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper 12
Short-billed Dowitcher 2
Wilson's Phalarope 5
Wilson's Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Caspian Tern 2
Tree Swallow 12
Bank Swallow 6
Swallow 12
Yellow-headed Blackbird 5 

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24645518

1 comment:

Cody said...

Great pictures, Jerry! Nice to run into you today.

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