Shore Birds at Morningside Park

Black-bellied Plover

Juvenile Black-bellied Plover at Morningside Park 9/20/12

I hadn’t had a chance to check out Morningside for a few days, so with conditions not looking great for the hawk watch, I headed up county. There had been some shore bird movement, either with the storm the night before last or with the light north winds last night. I had a total of eight species of shore birds, the best of which was a juvenile BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. We don’t get very many Black-bellieds in the county and rarely a juvenile. Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Semi-palmated Plover, Killdeer, Solitary, Spotted and Least Sandpiper completed the list. I did finally go to the hawk watch, but as I expected it was a very light flight and I only stayed two hours. Also of note, I still have a Ruby-throated Hummingbird coming to my feeders. This may be a late date for my place. Another great day of birding overall.

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