Morningside Park and Six and a Half Station Road

Juvenile Semipalmated Plover. Note the pale gray face mask, all black bill and fine white scalloping on the scapulars.

Juvenile Semipalmated Plover. Note the pale gray face mask, all black bill and fine white scalloping on the scapulars.


I was hoping the storms that came through last night might have brought some good birds in. They weren’t exactly set up right, they hit north of us most of the time, prompting birds to go down before reaching us, but there is always hope. As it was, a few things did come in. At Morningside Park, the Least Sandpiper count was up slightly. Twelve juveniles and the one ongoing adult were present. Also, two Killdeer and our FOS Green-winged Teal. The best bird for me was a nice FOS juvenile SEMIPALMATED PLOVER! This was our first hatch year bird this fall and was in nice plumage. It actually posed with the Killdeer for a time, something that doesn’t often happen. Killdeer usually seem to chase the plovers around, but not this morning. From Morningside I headed to Orange County. I thought perhaps they would get some shorebirds at Six and a Half Station Road. It was quite birdy. I covered both the Heritage Trail and the Citgo Pond. I had a total of about 30 Least Sandpipers, 4 Semipalmated Sandpipers (may have been more), 20 Killdeer, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 8 Lesser Yellowlegs and my best bird, a single PECTORAL SANDPIPER. I viewed them from a distance through my scope and the Pec and Leasts flew to the other pond when I reached to Citgo Pond, so no pics. Three Great Blues and a Green Heron as well as Mallard, Canada Geese, Wood Ducks and Mute Swans were all present. From there I headed to the sod farms at Turtle Bay and Warren Sod Farm. I should have headed home. There were almost no birds to be found. Only a handful of Killdeer were present. Good morning overall!
Semipalmated Plover and Killdeer together at Morningside.

Semipalmated Plover and Killdeer together at Morningside.

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2 Responses to Morningside Park and Six and a Half Station Road

  1. Wilma Amthor says:

    Nice shots John. I need to find some nice close shore birds to shoot!!!
    Wilma

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