I hadn’t planned on spending the morning in the Black Dirt Region today, but rather at the Bashakill. As things would have it, I heard from Bruce “Early Bird” Nott and Matt Zeitler that Bruce had found three BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and a Baird’s Sandpiper at Warren Sod Farm. I zoomed down again to meet Karen Miller and we had some nice looks at all four birds. Karen and I then searched the Black Dirt Region, including Turtle Bay, Pine Island Turf Nursery, Missionlands Road and even Oil City Road. The highlight after the sandpipers were the abundance of raptors. We had 3 Peregrin Falcons, 8 American Kestrels, 3 Merlin, 5 Northern Harriers and 3 Red-tailed Hawks. All these raptors kept the Killdeer on the move and we never found any other special shorebirds. I did hear from friends later that the Baird’s Sandpipers and Buff-breasted’s were all found again later in the day. I also heard from Matt and then Bill Fiero that the Stilt Sandpiper continues at the Six and a Half Station Road Citgo Pond. Its been a busy five days! Lets hope it continues!