Baird’s Sandpiper at Apollo Plaza
This morning I had planned on going to Six and Half Station Road to try for some shore birds. Matt Zeitler has still had some there and I was hoping perhaps something good may have come in. Before I could go I had to head to Monticello to do my recycling. Any trip to Monticello warrants a stop at Apollo Plaza. The water there is nearly dried up with our lack of rain. I spotted a couple of Killdeer near the waters edge. I almost left when I noticed some movement right down in front of me at the edge of the grass. It soon moved right into view and it was my FOS BAIRD’S SANDPIPER! It is getting late for this species and I thought perhaps I had missed it for the year. This juvenile bird was very cooperative, as they usually are, and I got some good photos of it. I notified a number of people, but only Arlene Borko was able to come see it at the time. Hopefully the bird will remain for the day or even longer, as they often do, and others will get to see it yet. This species has been annual in Sullivan and Orange Counties for about ten years now, and I would have hated to miss it this year. One was seen in Orange County a month ago, but I wasn’t able to get there at the time. I did finally make it to Six and a Half. There were 5 Lesser and 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 20 Killdeer and 1 Solitary Sandpiper. Also 19 Great Egret and 1 Great Blue Heron.
Though there is little water left at Apollo, the shallow puddles and extensive mud are just perfect for a Baird’s Sandpiper.
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