Overall the shorebird numbers were down on the East Pond today. Short-billed Dowitcher numbers were way down and the Stilt Sandpipers were down to 14. The few highlights included a flyover Whimbrel, 2 Pectoral Sandpiper and a Long-billed Dowitcher (LBDO) which I picked out on the North End of the pond.
2 Bonaparte’s Gulls continue along with 1 Green-winged Teal and 1 Wood Duck. A few juvenile Laughing and Herring Gulls were also on the pond. Some of them had that, “So fresh and so clean, clean” look. On the West Pond, the southeast marshy area continue to hold a good number of shorebirds. The highlights included 1 Pectoral Sandpiper and 5 Stilt Sandpipers. No sign of the Wilson’s Phalarope reported over the weekend. The views of that south east corner could be improved near bench 4 and I have asked NPS to do just that. Given the positive response, I am quite hopeful, we will have some enhanced views of that area quite soon which will help us to get a better count of the birds there. Keep your repellent handy. The mosquitoes were still hungry today. I tweeted out a quiz photo of the Long-billed Dowitcher. Can you tell which one is the LBDO? https://twitter.com/birdingdude/status/1024415417333428224?s=21 Cheers, -------- "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 Douglass 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 > (\__/) > (= '.'=) > (") _ (") > Sent from somewhere in the field using my mobile device! Andrew Baksh www.birdingdude.blogspot.com -- NYSbirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsWELCOME.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsRULES.htm http://www.NortheastBirding.com/NYSbirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/NYSBirds-L 3) http://birding.aba.org/maillist/NY01 Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --