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.