Orange County Bairds Sandpiper!

The beautiful Baird's Sandpiper at the Citgo Pond.

The beautiful Baird’s Sandpiper at the Citgo Pond.


I got a call from Matt Zeitler this afternoon that he had found a BAIRD’S SANDPIPER at Six and a Half Station Roads Citgo Pond. I flew down to find Matt with Karen Miller and Diane Bliss enjoying good views of the bird. Eventually, Bruce Nott and Kathy Ashman arrived. Once we all saw the bird well, we changed position to get better views. The bird was very cooperative, posing for many photos by all present. Also present were Least, Pectoral and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Killdeer, Wilson’s Snipe, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. Great Egret, Great Blue and Green Herons were all there too. Ducks included Green-winged Teal, Mallard and Wood Ducks. We also saw a single Common Nighthawk flyover. Many thanks to Matt for yet another great find!
Baird's Sandpiper feeding with a Least Sandpiper

Baird’s Sandpiper feeding with a Least Sandpiper

Baird's Sandpiper feeding.

Baird’s Sandpiper feeding.


The whole gang getting great looks at the Baird's Sandpiper

The whole gang getting great looks at the Baird’s Sandpiper

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6 Responses to Orange County Bairds Sandpiper!

  1. Good to see you tonight John, let’s definitely make this a habit! Nice job with Baird’s photos. Matt

  2. Thanks Matt, and thanks again for the call! Definitely habit forming! John

  3. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Great photos of the Baird’s Sandpiper, John! It was wonderful to see you again and not just read about your adventures on your blog. Such fun birding with everyone yesterday evening and picking up this life bird as well as the added bonus of the numerous shorebirds foraging in the pond and the Common Nighthawks flying overhead.

  4. Thanks Kathy, and nice seeing you too! Its always fun when everyone runs for a bird and gets it! Its a social event! Congrats on you lifer!

  5. Jim says:

    I like the group photo ! So many times it is just bird pics, its nice to see the other side of the hobby..which is all the friends you make too

  6. Thanks Jim! That’s very true. I have a lot of great memories with my birding friends, including our crazy Mangrove Cuckoo on Sanibel Island! Nice to hear from you, hope you’re having a great summer!

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