I spent a couple of hours birding Morningside Park by kayak this morning. Conditions at Morningside have been poor for shorebirds so far this season. Cool temperatures and high rainfall throughout the month of June have slowed the natural process that brings many islands and mud flats to the surface. Currently, the process is about three weeks behind its natural time frame. Islands are only just beginning to emerge, but hopefully they will be up for the month of August, that will be the peak time for shorebirds. That said, some of the permanent islands have low lying areas that offer some mud flats and did have a few shorebirds this morning. I had 6 Least Sandpipers, 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers (first of the fall), 1 Spotted Sandpiper and 1 Killdeer. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that this is just the beginning of a good shorebird season. I also checked out Apollo Plaza for shorebirds, but only 1 Least Sandpiper and 4 Killdeer were present.