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Great Egret. We saw dozens of them today.They were all over the main pools. I've not seen them there in these numbers.
2014-07-27 19:48:41
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Lee Sterrenburg
MAIN POOL WEST SHOREBIRDS, GOOSE POND FWA Shorebird habitat is currently quite scarce at Goose Pond FWA. On Monday evening (July 21 2014) I waded out in 26 inch irrigation boots and did a mostly stationary watch next to one of the few patches of emergent mudflat in GPFWA Main Pool West. Staying partly hidden by cattails I waited for shorebirds to come to me and feed. I was out there for two hours. The watch produced my first day with 9 shorebird species at GPFWA of the current fall migration. The PHOTO is a habitat shot only. Results: Black-necked Stilt 15 included family groups of at least 3, 2 and 1 juveniles, all apparently old enough to fly through the smallest (the group of 3) did not fly Semipalmated Plover 2 adults, my first of the fall Killdeer 16 Spotted Sandpiper 1 juvenile Solitary Sandpiper 2 2 together Lesser Yellowlegs 11 included a high of 8 in view at the same time Least Sandpiper 9 all adults Pectoral Sandpiper 1 Short-billed Dowitcher 6 adults, 4 present for over half the watch, toward the end 2 more came in and joined them, all 6 in view at the same time Also present were: Common Gallinule 11 1 adult with 8 2/3rds grown juvs, the usual one legged adult (or at least has one leg that does not function) at this site, and at the same time 1 additional bird calling from cattails out of sight. 2 SharesLike
2014-07-23 10:45:33
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Lee Sterrenburg
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MAIN POOL WEST SHOREBIRDS, GOOSE POND FWA Shorebird habitat is currently quite scarce at Goose Pond FWA. On Monday evening (July 21 2014) I waded out in 26 inch irrigation boots and did a mostly stationary watch next to one of the few patches of emergent mudflat in GPFWA Main Pool West. Staying partly hidden by cattails I waited for shorebirds to come to me and feed. I was out there for two hours. The watch produced my first day with 9 shorebird species at GPFWA of the current fall migration. The PHOTO is a habitat shot only. Results: Black-necked Stilt 15 included family groups of at least 3, 2 and 1 juveniles, all apparently old enough to fly through the smallest (the group of 3) did not fly Semipalmated Plover 2 adults, my first of the fall Killdeer 16 Spotted Sandpiper 1 juvenile Solitary Sandpiper 2 together Lesser Yellowlegs 11 included a high of 8 in view at the same time Least Sandpiper 9 all adults Pectoral Sandpiper 1 Short-billed Dowitcher 6 adults, 4 present for over half the watch, toward the end 2 more came in and joined them, all 6 in view at the same time Also present were: Common Gallinule 11 1 adult with 8 2/3rds grown juvs, the usual one legged adult (or at least has one leg that does not function) at this site, and at the same time 1 additional bird calling from cattails out of sight.
By Lee Sterrenburg
2014-07-23 10:26:42
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