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.
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.