Yesterday morning, I hiked the East Pond doing a complete shorebird survey. 
Overall, the number of shorebirds were down. Especially the Yellowlegs and 
Short-billed Dowitchers.

12 Stilt Sandpipers were mostly up around the north end along with my first 
observation of Semipalmated Plovers on the pond for the season. American 
Oystercatchers continue to show up on the pond in good numbers. 27 were loafing 
on the Raunt before taking off as I made my way north.

The duckage continue to hold a few Summer surprises. Green-winged Teal, 
American Wigeon and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were all observed.

Two continuing BONAPARTE’s GULLS were also seen comfortably feeding on the pond 
edges.

On Sunday 7-15) at Breezy Point the highlights were two storm driven WHIMBRELS 
(put down in the rain & left just as the rain paused), two 2CY Lesser 
Black-backed Gulls, 1 Banded Adult Herring Gull and two BANK SWALLOWS. 

Also notable was a juvenile Ring-billed Gull (RBGU). I have not seen too many 
juvenile RBGU at Breezy so that was a treat. This one I would deem to be the 
brown-type. Where the general appearance is of a brown chocolate color showing 
the distinctive feature of large scapulars with solidly dark centers.

About 1,000 Sanderlings dotted the shoreline along with Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers and Semipalmated Plovers. Some Piping Plovers were 
also active with a few juveniles indicating successful nesting.

A decent number of Terns (few hundred) were offshore but nothing outside of the 
expected Common, Forster’s and Leasts in various age classes.

A link to Phone scoped images of the Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 
https://twitter.com/birdingdude/status/1019234656896634880?s=21

Cheers,


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Andrew Baksh
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