I spent a few hours this morning birding the East Pond (Schelping up the South End to the North and back) before and after high tide. Not lot of shorebirds but just enough to keep my interest.
Noticeably the STILT SANDPIPER numbers were down as I did not break double figures today. My final total was a meager 9 for the pond. Short-billed Dowitcher numbers were at 27 but did include 1 juvenile - a first of the season for me on the pond. Additionally, I finally had a White-rumped Sandpiper for the season on the pond. Only one seen today. Still no Western Sandpipers as yet. A few juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted and Least Sandpipers rounded out the juvie shorebirds on the pond. Among the duckage, 1 Wood Duck and 5 Green-winged Teals were the notables. Some Gull stats for the Larophiles: Among the 427 Laughing Gulls counted on the pond. 217 were Juveniles. 47 Herring Gulls of which 18 were juveniles. 57 Ring-billed Gulls - none were juveniles. 15 Great Black-backed Gulls - including 3 juveniles. 2 Bonaparte’s Gulls continue on the pond, spending most of their time at Gull Point during the time I was there. Double-crested Cormorants numbers are starting to build with just under 200 on the pond today. The conditions on the pond remain favorable despite the rains. As I always recommend, knee high muck boots are best. -------- "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/ --