Morningside Park – a modest fallout of shorebirds!


Above are a male and female Pectoral Sandpiper.  Note how much larger the male (on right) is than the female. Also much more robust.

The torrential rains that continued throughout the morning dampened my birding plans for the day.  I went out, but it didn’t matter where I went, the rains continued.  I headed home at lunch time and once again, in short order, the sun came out.  I headed back out again to see if the rain had put anything down and was not disappointed.  I had 7 Killdeer at Apollo Plaza and then a Great Yellowlegs and Spotted Sandpiper at the Rondout Reservoir.  I then Kayaked Morningside Park and there was a modest fallout of shorebirds there.  3 Least Sandpiper, 3 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 2 Pectoral Sandpiper,  1 Semipalmated Plover, 1 Spotted Sandpiper and 1 Solitary Sandpiper were feeding on the mud flats of the strip islands throughout the lake. It was nice sifting through them and trying for some good photos which were easily achieved.  A soaker of a day that really paid off in the end.

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