It appeared all of the Fuestel's Shorebirds that would not land the day before 
(see Ken's post from 10-5 as to the probable reasons why) happened to drop in 
on the pond for me. In just over 4 hours on the East Pond yesterday, I managed 
14 species of Shorebirds - better than some of my August surveys.

The highlights were: American Avocet (continuing), Hudsonian Godwit, American 
Golden Plovers (2), Stilt Sandpipers (9) and indisputably my best sighting 
yesterday was, 41 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. I was counting them while standing on 
the east side of the pond (they were all stacked up on the west side on the 
north end) and I had to do a few counts to ensure that I was not seeing things. 
 I am quite sure that elsewhere on the pond there could have been a few more 
that I missed.  41 Pectoral Sandpipers are my highest ever on the pond. 
Perhaps, now that the pond is "properly" drained, we may see these drop ins if 
the weather and migration winds favor such events.

Other notable birds on the pond include the continuing 3 Caspian Terns. I have 
not looked at photos closely enough to determine if these are the same trio 
that have been around awhile but it is interesting to note the numbers of 
Caspians around in Queens this year.

The Eurasian Wigeon along with American Pipits rounded out the other notables. 
Duck numbers continue to grow and I am sure I undercounted the Green-winged 

I have been quite the slacker on posting to my blog due to working on multiple 
projects at the same time. Many posts are in draft mode waiting to be 
finalized. I did however managed to whip up a short post with photos from 
yesterday's outing for those interested.

"I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of 
others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence." ~ Frederick 

風 Swift as the wind
林 Quiet as the forest
火 Conquer like the fire
山 Steady as the mountain
Sun Tzu  The Art of War

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Andrew Baksh

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