A large number of shorebirds continue in main pool which has been drained.
The diversity could be down some as I didn't find any red knots, ruddy
turnstone or whimbrels of days past. But there was one female RED-NECKED
PHALAROPE I think initially spotted by Dave Kennedy and then re-found by
Scott Peterson. I was working my way up wildlife drive when Scott sent the
RBA on this great bird. Thanks Scott!. There were also loads of
semipalmated sandpipers and breeding plumage dunlin. A few white-rumped
sandpipers were mixed in too. There certainly could have been more as the
heat shimmer was bad. The ones I got were closer w/ little shimmer. There
were 5 lingering BLACK BELLIED PLOVERS. Additionally, there were many
semipalmated plovers and about 5 least sandpipers as well as some killdeer
and a few spotted sandpipers. Bald eagles were all over along with Great
Blue Herons and Great Egrets. They were feeding on the dead or dying fish
from the draining of the pool. If you go this weekend, I suggest getting
there very early to avoid the heat shimmer. I could have easily missed
species especially since there were more distant flocks. All I could make
out in these flocks were dunlin and semipalmated sandpipers.

Other birds of note: Orchard oriole singing near the first channel (where
the solitary sandpipers usually are) just before Larues. Cerulean Warblers
were singing by the bathroom at the beginning and also in the woods past
the first bend. There were also lingering Blackpoll warblers both spots as

My list is here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56931387

An awesome day!

Good birding to all,

Dave Nicosia


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