corrected typo. ugh.
I had the good fortune of leading a shorebird walk around Tschache Pool between
7 am and noon this morning, Saturday May 19th. This is part of Montezuma's
Guided Shorebird Walk program of which they are allowing access to the trail
along Tschache Pool. This allowed for close views of migrating shorebirds. It
was windy and pouring rain at times but I still had 7 people including some
top-notch birders who were a big help in finding many shorebird species.
We had the following shorebirds collectively as a group... LEAST SANDPIPER
estimated at least 1000 DUNLIN (most in breeding plumage) estimated around 150
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER estimated around 50WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER 4-6 birds.
SPOTTED SANDPIPER several SOLITARY SANDPIPER 1 seen by Jay McGowan. GREATER
YELLOWLEGS 1LESSER YELLOWLEGS estimated up to 20. KILLDEER several
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER estimated up to 20. AMERICAN AVOCET!! The bird flew into
Tschache briefly and then flew out (presumably back to Benning)BLACK-BELLIED
PLOVER- about 12-14 birds.AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER 2 birds seen distant by Jay
McGowan and Tim LenzSTILT SANDPIPER- 1 bird seen by Jay / Tim again.Possible
SANDERLING seen by Tim Lenz.
That's 14 species of shorebirds and we estimated up to 2000 birds and possibly
more. Many of the birds were fairly close and made for good comparisons of
least vs semipalmated sandpipers, and white-rumped sandpipers vs the other
peeps. It was a great learning experience.
Here is Jay McGowan's and Tim Lenz's ebird checklist which captures all of what
many of us saw and/or heard collectively.
As a reminder, next Saturday May 26th at 7 am we are going to do this again.
Meet at the Montezuma Visitor's Center 7 am and we may quickly do wildlife
drive and then walk the trail around part of Tschache Pool like today. Given
that shorebird migration is picking up next weekend could have even more. Let's
I would like to extend much thanks to Andrea Van Beusichem and all the fine
folks at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge for allowing this excellent
opportunity to see our migrating spring shorebirds!
Hope to see many of you next weekend!
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