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.