Sunday, August 20, 2017

Long Pond Shorebirds - 13 Aug 2017

I took a late afternoon run down to Point Mouillee to look for shorebirds. I ran into John Parker in the Long Pond Unit and we scoped the backlit mudflats for Stilt Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, Black-bellied Plovers, and Killdeer.

A Dunlin in basic plumage had me thinking Western Sandpiper for a while, but, it was much larger than the peeps nearby, as well as Semipalmated Plovers, so I was corrected.

I rode out to Cell 3 and found that dredging were being pumped into the south end of the cell, but it was just flooding the heavy emergent vegetation.

I did see a flock of 11 Yellow-headed Blackbirds in the plowed field at the south end of the Vermet Unit. They were all juvenile males except for two adult males.

The best shorebirding was along the south end and west end of the Long Pond. Late afternoon sunlight and close birds made for some nice digiscoping.

I thought I saw a juvenile Sora duck into the cattails, but after waiting 20 minutes for it to reappear it turned out to be a juvenile Common Gallinule.

Nice to see some Greater Yellowlegs close by. And Mr. David Amamoto on the way out!

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