Morningside Park 9/26/12

female Pectoral Sandpiper

The Pectoral Sandpiper seemed large as they foraged with the Least Sandpipers, but appeared small when the met up with the Black-bellied Plover.

Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper pair at Morningside Park 9/26/12

There was a nice assortment of birds at Morningside Park this morning, highlighted by shore birds. I kayaked around the islands and had great views of the birds. Though it may not show well in the photo, they were a pair and the male (on the right) was noticibly larger than the female. He was taller and more robust, which was even clearer when they were in flight side by side. You might also notice how colorful these juvenile birds are in comparison with the worn adult female I photographed earlier in the season. We may have only two really good locations for shore birds in Sullivan, but they are both (Apollo Plaza) very productive for a mountain county and you can get good shots at either place. Here is a list of the highlights:

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
PECTORAL SANDPIPER
Wilson’s Snipe

Also seen were Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Harrier, Wood Duck, Common Merganser and a Pileated Woodpecker. A really good morning of birding.

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