We had an awesome turnout for the second spring shorebird walk along part
of the restricted area of Tschache Pool.  I estimated at least 45 people as
some came later and others left  earlier. There were 27 cars parked at the
parking area by the tower at Tschache at one point! This was the second
walk for the spring shorebird season at Tschache allowed by the Montezuma
Refuge staff. Much thanks to Andrea VanBeusichem for organizing these

The weather was very warm and humid and after a string of warm days and
south winds we did't have the numbers of shorebirds as last week as many
have moved on. However, we still had 9 species of shorebirds which offered
excellent looks including close views of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN
(breeding plumage), WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (breeding plumage), SEMIPALMATED
and LEAST SANDPIPERS. There was also a nice adult breeding EURASIAN WIGEON.
We had many top-notch birders along which made a big difference in finding
birds and teaching people about shorebirds for such a large group. I
couldn't have done this alone.  A BIG thanks to these folks.  I would also
like to thank Mike DeWispelaere who came up with me all the way from
Norwich and took some nice photos and kept the checklist. We totaled 72
species many of which we heard in the woods adjacent to Tschache.

Our ebird list can be found here with photos....

Dave Nicosia


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