Salutations Everyone, Yesterday, I competed clearing out the overgrown areas at Calidrid Crossing on the East Pond, making enough room for visitors to navigate easily without worrying too much about brushing up on Poison Ivy. Still, please exercise caution when traversing that area.
The trails leading up and to the East Pond at the Southend are completely cut back and easy to navigate. I am collaborating with NPS (National Park Service) to try and get some signage in place. As far as the Northend, I will be trail clearing both East and West sides next week. I am also organizing one final digout of the valve, date to be determined. Overall, we are in terrific shape in terms of the water level and all that remains is for the birds to show up and we continue to see the exposed flats dry out. As a reminder, please do not attempt to walk the pond if you are not familiar with the areas. There are some tricky spots where one could get stuck. As the water continues to drain out it gets a bit easier to see where you are stepping but as of right now, folks unfamiliar with the layout should refrain from solo efforts. Especially so on the Northend. As far as note worthy birds on the pond. Purple Martins, The Black-headed Gull (now 2nd Cycle), Bonaparte’s Gull, Eurasian X American Wigeon hybrid and Gull-billed Terns all continue. For shorebirds, the numbers are small as it is still early. White-rumped Sandpiper (1), Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Willet, American Oystercatcher, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer (with young), Least, Semipalmated and Spotted Sandpiper were present through today. I am looking forward and hoping for a terrific summer of Shorebirding on the East Pond. Here is a lucky trifecta digiscope shot I pulled off yesterday showing a few of the Pond’s current stars. https://twitter.com/birdingdude/status/1540862490606817282?s=21&t=TbVnczFq3XBs9zbohg_O5A Bless up! -------- Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves could free our mind.” ~ Bob Marley “Tenderness and Kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution” ~ Khalil Gibran "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/ --