Morningside Park – Juveniles doninate

Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper - note the stout, straight bill and black legs.  Also the overall paleness of the plumage.

Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper – note the stout, straight bill and black legs. Also the overall paleness of the plumage.

note the clean crisp feathering and clean white underparts showing no signs of barring on this juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs

note the clean crisp feathering and clean white underparts showing no signs of barring on this juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs

you can actually compare every facet of these two juvenile sandpipers plumage  in this shot

you can actually compare every facet of these two juvenile sandpipers plumage in this shot (Semipalmated left, Least right)

Kayaking at Morningside this morning had a bit of a different flare. For the first time this fall season, juvenile birds dominated the scene and adults were few. One of the things I love about Morningside is that by Kayaking I am able to get up close and personal with the shore birds. Occasionally, Killdeer or Spotted Sandpipers (Greater Yellowlegs too), will keep everything in turmoil. More often the case is that the shore birds are quite confiding and allow close approach. I have never experienced it to this extent when viewing shore birds on land. With close approach comes the opportunity to really study the birds. This morning, my FOS juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper allowed close approach and excellent comparison with juvenile Least Sandpipers. Mantle, Scapulars, wing coverts are all able to be compared. Leg color, bill shape and size are all similarly easy to compare. My FOS juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs at this site also gave great views, showing the obvious differences between it and worn adult fall birds. A nice morning.

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2 Responses to Morningside Park – Juveniles doninate

  1. Mike Egan says:

    john, where is morningside park. Mike Egan

    • Mike,
      Morningside Park is located between Hurleyville and Loch Sheldrake near the Terry Brae Golf Course. It is a Town of Fallsburg Park, and is less than a mile from the Sullivan County Community College. You can Google Map it for specific location. Good luck if you go, John

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