Apollo Plaza and Morningside Park

A beautiful (yet somewhat worn) adult female Pectoral Sandpiper.

A beautiful (yet somewhat worn) adult female Pectoral Sandpiper.

The light northwest winds continued last night, bringing more changes to our shorebird community. At Apollo Plaza this morning I was surprised to find my FOS WILSON’S SNIPE! It was among 10 Killdeer there. On to Morningside. Birds have been changing daily, though sometimes it might not initially appear so. I had 12 Least Sandpipers there two days ago, and 12 again today. There were changes though. On Tuesday, there were 7 adults and 5 juvies, today, there were 7 juvies and 5 adults. The juvie Semipalmated Sandpiper continues, as does a juvie Spotted Sandpiper. No yellowlegs today. Four Killdeer were present. The highlight of the day however was a very cooperative female PECTORAL SANDPIPER!! This was a FOS and new year bird for me. No sign of the Merlin today, but Green and Great Blue Herons were still present. Really nice morning again!
Morningside, as always is one of the greatest spots to get good photos of shorebirds. (by kayak of course)

Morningside, as always is one of the greatest spots to get good photos of shorebirds.(by kayak of course)

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2 Responses to Apollo Plaza and Morningside Park

  1. David Weiss says:

    The birding spot at Apollo Plaza is in the back? We were there mid morning and saw no birds in front. We saw no birds at Morningside Park before and just after sundown.

    • David,
      No, you were in the right place, the birds are in the front. The problem is, as I’m sure you saw, there is a great deal of traffic there now due to the comings and goings of the crews building the new casino. If you get there before they start their activity, you may find some good birds. It isn’t what it used to be, but its what it is. As for Morningside, you need a scope to scan the flat muddy islands. They are continuing to grow, and will for the next month. There are usually plenty of shore birds there. You need to view it from just below the pavilion, or better yet, by kayak, as I do. Good luck! John

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