Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Skinner Lane found by Jim Schlickenreider this morning.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Skinner Lane found by Jim Schlickenreider this morning.

This morning I got a call from birding friend Jim Schlickenrieder informing me he had found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Turtle Bay Road in the Black Dirt Region. Upon our arrival, the bird had temporarily disappeared. Jim informed Karen Miller and I that he had originally found it on Skinner Lane, just across the river from Turtle Bay. A short time later, I spotted the Buffie at the far end of the field. We walked part way to the bird, which was walking in our direction. We decided to go back to the cars and get our scopes. As we turned around to return to the bird, two Northern Harriers flew into the field. We couldn’t relocate the bird after that. We then drove through the Warren Sod Farm looking for the bird. Once we reached Skinner Lane, Jim spotted the bird again in a field near where he had found it originally this morning. Matt Zeitler and friend Maria arrived, but the bird had stepped into the thick vegetation in the middle of the field. Eventually, the bird came out and great views were had by all! Thanks Jim for finding and alerting us to this great bird! If looking for the bird, check both Turtle Bay and Skinner Lane as it definitely seems to prefer these two locations. We later got a call from Jim that he had found an American Golden-plover on Missionlands Road at the intersection with Sunnyside Lane.  Another amazing scene at the Warren Sod Farm ws the tremendous flight of Swallows being pursued by two Peregrine Falcons.  Both falcons eventually caught a swallow, both flying high with the bird then dropping it and swooping down to catch it again in mid air.  A Northern Harrier caught what appeared to be a sparrow and ate it in the same field with the Buffie.  Great birding!

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