Morningside Park

My FOS Semipalmated Plover at Morningside Park

My FOS Semipalmated Plover at Morningside Park

This morning I covered many of the shore bird spots I have been checking lately. The rain did bring in a few new birds. Morningside Park was the most active. Here are the totals of all locations combined.
Killdeer – 63
Least Sandpiper – 20
Solitary Sandpiper – 7
Spotted Sandpiper – 6
Semipalmated Plover – 1

Besides these birds, there were six large Shore birds at Morningside. They sat in the pouring rain in a tight group. Four were very pale bellied with gray-brown backs. Two were red-breasted and bellied with gray brown backs. They were all the same size, slightly larger than a nearby Spotted Sandpiper. Their backs were paler than the Spotted Sandpiper. Their bills were just about two inches long and very straight. The only possible ID I could conclude was Red Knots. I watched them closely (through torrential rain through my scope) and decided that was what they were. I called a couple of people and told them what I thought I had. When I looked back into the scope, they were gone. I never saw them again. As the rain subsided, I kayaked out hoping they were behind stumps or in depressions, but they were no where to be seen. Though I still can’t come up with any other possible identification, I can’t be 100% sure.

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