The Drought has ended!

Our FOS worn adult Semipalmated Plover.

Our FOS worn adult Semipalmated Plover.


Yesterday’s and last night’s torrential rains not only ended our water drought, at the 11th hour, it ended the worst July for shorebirds I have ever experienced in Sullivan County. This morning I headed out early to Apollo Plaza and Morningside Park. The heavy rains put down birds in both locations. At the Apollo, a Solitary Sandpiper and 17 Killdeer were present. Also of note was a hatch year Hooded Merganser. This young bird was almost certainly part of the Neversink River clutch that have been frequenting the river just about a mile from the Apollo. On to Morningside Park. It was immediately clear that shorebirds had come in overnight. There have been almost no shorebirds here so far this season. I first came upon a group of LEAST SANDPIPERS on a small island. There were a total of five of these birds, four adults and our first juvenile migrant shorebird this year. As I moved along, I found an adult SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, another FOS bird. Moving along, several Killdeer were among the islands. I then came upon two adult SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, yet another FOS. An adult Spotted Sandpiper was present and as I watched it, a GREATER YELLOWLEGS took off from a nearby island and flew around several times before landing again quite a distance from me. This bird was quite skittish and was calling constantly, I never got close enough to it for a photo. All in all, it was a great morning of Shorebirding in our mountain county, with a modest 7 species seen. Hopefully with the drought broken, we will continue with a great shorebird season.
Our FOS juvenile Least Sandpiper.

Our FOS juvenile Least Sandpiper.


One of two FOS Semipalmated Sandpipers.

One of two FOS Semipalmated Sandpipers.

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