Rondout Reservoir

one of five FOS Solitary Sandpipers at the Rondout Reservoir 8/7/13

one of five FOS Solitary Sandpipers at the Rondout Reservoir 8/7/13

This morning after checking Morningside Park and finding no changes in the shore birds there, I headed over to Rondout Reservoir. The water level at the Rondout fluctuates depending on the draw from New York City. The water is let out at intervals periodically. I took a chance that I might hit a time when it would be low and I was pleased to find my timing was good. It was quite birdy there this morning and the low water made for some extensive mud flats near the power house. I had 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 4 Spotted Sandpipers, 5 Solitary Sandpipers (FOS), 6 Killdeer and 10 Least Sandpipers. Other birds of interest included a Double-crested Cormorant, a Belted Kingfisher, 3 Ring-billed Gulls and a Bald Eagle. Not a bad assortment. With a forecast indicating some storms coming through over the next two days, I will be checking here again as well as Morningside. The water won’t be able to rise enough over that period to drown the mud flats.

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