Morningside Park

Juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs. Note the crisp clean plumage and lack of barring on the underparts.

Juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs. Note the crisp clean plumage and lack of barring on the underparts.


Conditions have been perfect for migration the past week, FOR THE BIRDS! For us, not so much. West Northwest winds nightly for sometime now have sent shorebirds sailing past us in the dark. Shorebirds are such strong flyers that a light tail wind like has happened every night recently, 5 – 10 miles per hour, keeps them moving southward. Under those conditions, few birds put down in our area. Last night, conditions started out the same, but changed over in the middle of the night to East Southeast. This put a few new birds down at Morningside Park, including our FOS juvenile LESSER YELLOWLEGS and LEAST SANDPIPER! Shore birds had dropped to near zero the last couple of days, but had increased only slightly this morning. 5 Killdeer, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 7 Least Sandpipers and 1 Lesser Yellowlegs were all present on the mud flats. While not an abundance of birds, it was nice to see the fresh plumaged juveniles. If you would like to compare them to the adults, just go back to some of my posts in July that show photos of both species in worn adult plumage. Hopefully, this is just the start of a good month. By the way, the mud flats are up to about 15 % and are increasing slightly each day.
Juvenile Least Sandpiper, note the vibrant color and clean plumage.

Juvenile Least Sandpiper, note the vibrant color and clean plumage.

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4 Responses to Morningside Park

  1. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Interesting post, John! Guess this explains the increase in the number of shorebirds present at 6 1/2 Station Rd this morning. The mudflats in the north pond have increased dramatically over the last two days making for improved food availability as well as close in viewing.

  2. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Not really, but they were very close to the trail which made for easy observation. I was there around 8:30am. By the time I walked back an hour later they had dispersed. The most exciting thing to watch was when a Killdeer landed next to a Semipalmated Plover and began to harass it. Nice to see the size comparison as well as the interaction between the two.

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