Pectoral Sandpipers at Morningside Park

These three Pectorals are all fall juveniles, typical of what we get here at this time of year.

These three Pectorals are all fall juveniles, typical of what we get here at this time of year.

Pectoral Sandpipers are dimorphic.  The larger bird in the foreground is a male, the smaller in the back, one of two females present.

Pectoral Sandpipers are dimorphic. The larger bird in the foreground is a male, the smaller in the back, one of two females present.

Pectoral Sandpiper at Morningside Park

Pectoral Sandpiper at Morningside Park

Having just returned from an eventful trip to Colorado, today was mostly taking care of business. That said, I couldn’t resist heading over to Morningside Park to try for Pectoral Sandpipers that had been found earlier in the week by Lance Verdrame. I wasn’t disappointed. As I kayaked around the islands, I was amazed to see how large they had become. I have been birding Morningside for many years and have never seen the islands so large. There is significant habitat there to support shore birds for the next several weeks. This is great since we are just beginning the period that our second influx of shore birds occurs. As I explored the islands I found quite a few Killdeer and Least Sandpipers. I then approached a small Island with many roots and found three PECTORAL SANDPIPERS resting on the mud. Belted Kingfishers, an Osprey and Great Blue Herons were the only other birds of interest. Thanks Lance for alerting me to the pecs.

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2 Responses to Pectoral Sandpipers at Morningside Park

  1. Welcome back John. I’ve been wondering if there was any good birds out at Morningside Park – I have to get back out there soon, it’s a great spot. Nice photos of the Pectoral Sandpipers.

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