The spectacular breeding plumaged RUFF, found by Joel Strong on Saturday,
continues today. The location is on Townline Rd, between Hosmer and Hartland
Rds, in the Town of Somerset. There are lots of other shorebirds here as
well. Mostly yellowlegs (things have just switched with Lesser now more
numerous than Greater) and some Solitary Sandpipers and Dunlin. Today, I had
a Pectoral Sandpiper and a Spotted Sandpiper.


There are a few other places in the county to look for shorebird

-        North side of Drake Settlement Rd, between Fuller and Hess Rds,
Town of Newfane. Today, there were both yellowlegs, Solitarys, and Dunlin.

-        West side of Quaker Rd (State Route 148), between Rt 104 and
Chapman Rd. Today, there were both yellowlegs, Solitarys, Green-winged and
Blue-winged Teal, Pintail, and Mallard.

-        East side of Niagara-Orleans Countyline Rd (S.R. 269), ¼ mile south
of Yates Center Rd, Town of Yates, Orleans Co. Today, this spot held the
most individuals, with 94 Lesser Yellowlegs and 9 Greaters. There were also
Solitarys, Dunlin, and Spotted. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (another of
Joel’s finds) continues with the Canada Geese here.


Shorebird locations are worth checking often, with changeover evident almost
every day.


Good birding!



Willie D'Anna

Wilson, NY




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