A Shorebird Season After All? - 30 Jul 2017
I drove down to Pt. Mouillee SGA Sunday morning to look for shorebirds. Starting at the Siegler Rd. parking lot I rode the bike along the North Causeway to the Long Pond Unit where I found a half-dozen Semipalmated Sandpipers, a couple of Pectoral Sandpipers, and a pair of Lesser Yellowlegs. Killdeer were present, as well.
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amazing that some of these birds can still fly.
A group of 3-4 Caspian Terns were roosting in the grass near a half-dozen Ring-billed Gulls. I got some flight pics as they screeched while circling the open water.
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I was able to take a poor digiscoped video of the Little Blue Heron (distance X backlighting = yuck) but didn't bother to process it. Instead, I took off around the corner to look for more shorebirds.
The south end of the Long Pond Unit held some nice mudflats that were occupied by Lesser Yellowlegs and Semipalmated Sandpipers. The Semipalms were quite aggressive toward each other, and easily ID'd by their call, a machine-gun like water pistol.
The Lesser Yellowlegs were even more aggressive, with birds chasing each other all over the marsh. I took the opportunity to get some flight / fight shots.
An Osprey flew overhead. It was banded, but I could not make out any numbers or letters.
Black-crowned Night Herons were around, as well.
I'll need to check w/ Adam to see if there is any other shorebird habitat nearby, but the Long Pond Unit does hold promise for some decent shorebirding during the month of August.