Dave, 

 Thank you very much. Today was a great experience! 

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> On Aug 26, 2017, at 10:22 PM, Dave Nutter <nutter.d...@me.com> wrote:
> 
> About 30 of us birders walked onto the dikes at Knox-Marsellus Marsh on 
> Saturday morning seeking shorebirds. Habitat was a bit limited due to lots of 
> vegetation, and numbers of visible birds were a bit on the low side, but 
> there was good variety despite some flightiness, falcon harassment, and 
> apparent turnover. 
> 
> Shorebirds included: 
> Killdeer - common
> Semipalmated Plover - several
> Semipalmated Sandpiper - common
> Least Sandpiper - common
> White-rumpled Sandpiper - at least 1, possibly several
> Baird's Sandpiper - at least 3 together
> Stilt Sandpiper - at least 4 together
> Pectoral Sandpiper - several
> Short-billed Dowitcher - at least bright 3 juveniles
> Long-billed Dowitcher - at least 1 juvenile (which I missed)
> Wilson's Snipe - at least 4 together (which I missed)
> Lesser Yellowlegs - common
> Greater Yellowlegs - several 
> Wilson's Phalarope  - 2 together
> Most of these would have been very difficult to see from either East Road or 
> Towpath Road. 
> 
> Other highlights included:
> Trumpeter Swan - a pair flew in, calling, from Puddler to K-M
> Sora - 2 adults
> Virginia Rail - at least 2, possibly 3 adults
> Sandhill Crane - a pair flew in, calling from the south to K-M
> Various non-breeding plumage dabbling ducks which generally kept their 
> distance but settled within sight
> Great Egrets - a few
> Caspian Terns - a resting flock
> Peregrine Falcon - at least 1 quick flyby which scared off many shorebirds 
> Merlin - which I missed
> Northern Harrier - 1 hunting over adjacent marshy fields, possibly another 
> soaring high overhead with a Red-tailed Hawk
> 
> Thanks to all the folks who helped share sightings, questions, & ID help. 
> Thanks also to refuge staff for their efforts in the difficult task of 
> creating shorebird habitat despite the conspiracies of weather & vegetation, 
> and for allowing us onto the dikes for far better looks at the birds.
> --Dave Nutter
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