Thanks for agreeing to lead the trip Dave. Great fun. Great to also be a 
witness to the vast movement of birds across the continent....ah, the mystery 
and wonder of migration........Pete SarSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy 
-------- Original message --------From: David Nicosia <> 
Date: 8/25/19  9:36 PM  (GMT-05:00) To: NY Birds <>, 
Cayuga birds <>, BroomeBirds 
<> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Shorebird Walk Today 
August 25th, 2019 Montezuma NWR All, We had another very successful shorebird 
walk today Sunday August 25th along the dike between Knox-Marsellus Marsh and 
Puddler’s marsh. Between 715 am and 200 pm, we had a total of 70 people from 
different bird clubs around the area. I began with the group mostly  from the 
Cayuga Bird Club. The Rochester Birding Association and Rochester Young 
Birder’s club met up with us around 9-10 am. I birded with these groups until 
around 2 pm as the Cayuga Group left around noon.  This was the highest 
attendance I have ever experienced with these shorebird walks. I would like to 
thank all those who brought their expertise and assisted.  We were lucky to 
have some "world class" birding talent with us from the Lab of O as Dave Nutter 
mentioned in his email.  We also had many scopes which helped get people on 
birds. The success was because of the cooperative effort of all. Thank you!Now 
onto the birds…Rarities included continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in the 
morning which took off before 10 am. LAUGHING GULL dropped back in with the 
gulls in KM marsh during the early afternoon. As for shorebirds there were more 
than I saw Friday. The habitat is getting better with more mudflats than 
Friday. Thanks to Linda Ziemba who has worked to prepare the habitat for 
shorebirds. Its working!Ann Mitchell got on a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER, Dr. Shawn 
Billerman got on a molting AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and Dave Nutter found the 
first of several STILT SANDPIPERS. There were many SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, a 
few possible LONG-BILLED candidates that no one could confirm. There were many 
yellowlegs of both species with the GREATER outnumbering the LESSER. LEAST and 
Pat Martin and I got on a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER that flew fairly close to the 
dike near some dowitchers. The white rump in flight was a give away. The bird 
was slate gray, longer than nearby SESAs, and primary projection past tail.  
This bird didn’t last long as it disappeared among a bunch peeps that flew by. 
The BAIRD’S was re-found by Jay McGowan later in the morning. Unfortunately we 
didn’t refind the White-rumped. There were also 2 SPOTTED SANDPIPERS at the 
beginning of the canal and 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER in transitional plumage. Jay 
found a WILSON’S SNIPE in flight and we had both KILLDEER and SEMIPALMATED 
PLOVERS. This makes 15 species of shorebirds! Later with the Rochester Birding 
Group many of the shorebirds came closer to the dike including the AMERICAN 
GOLDEN-PLOVER. This bird was joined by another golden-plover. We had great 
views of these birds and other of the above species. Unfortunately the BAIRD’S 
SANDPIPER was not re-found this time.Jay McGowan put together a comprehensive 
list that totaled 91 species which can be found 
here… did my own list because I 
stayed later with the Rochester group until about 2 pm. I totaled 75 species 
but had 4 additional species that were not seen on Jay’s list. That makes at 
least 95 species!My list is here… birds I had in addition to the 91 
species were the LAUGHING GULL(landed on mudflat early afternoon), HAIRY 
WOODPECKER , BLUE JAY and NORTHERN FLICKER  (woods by beginning of trail on way 
out early afternoon).  These birds were heard only.I was wondering if we could 
ever get to 100 species collectively and in the coming weeks with passerine 
migration picking up, shorebirds still coming through and of course waterfowl 
and waders I bet it will happen. There is tremendous diversity in this marsh 
and these walks are so great in getting people to learn about and appreciate 
our birds. Thanks again to Andrea and Linda from Montezuma!Best,Dave Nicosia  

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