It's been a while since the New Germany/Crane Creek area had water levels that 
appealed to fall shorebirds. Conditions are about ideal right now. I counted 
over 1,100 shorebirds this afternoon in about two hours of scanning.  As is 
typical for this time of year the vast majority were Pectoral and Least 
Sandpipers along with Lesser Yellowlegs. Also present were small numbers of 
Semipalmated, Solitary and Stilt Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers and singles 
of both Wilson's and Red-necked Phalarope. I was unable to find any Baird's or 
Buff-breasted Sandpipers. 

The water levels appear to be dropping quickly, so any visits should be made in 
the next couple of weeks. 

Directions: From the town if New Germany, go south on CR 33. In less than half 
a mile turn west on CR 30. Drive about one mile to Yale Ave and turn south to 
view the mudflats from the east. Or continue on about another quarter mile and 
turn south on Yancy Ave to view from the west. 


William Marengo 
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