Acting on a call from Greg Askew, Dwight Cargill & I spent some mid-day
hours at Dead Creek, watching shore birds. Greg had spotted Western
(saturday) and White-rumped sandpipers, as well as a Red-necked Phalarope.
Conditions were excellent today with nary a breeze and clearing skies.
Biting insects were virtually absent. The flats approximately 1/4 mile
past the first parking lot were wide open with low water levels.
Hundreds of shore birds were present, with good species diversity.
In no particular order, the following shore birds species were observed:
50+ Least Sandpiper
20+ Semipalmated Sandpiper
3 Semipalmated plover
1 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER
1 WESTERN SANDPIPER
1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
10 Greater Yellow-legs
20 Lesser Yellow-legs
3 Spotted Sandpiper
3 Pectoral Sandpiper
There were also large numbers (20+) of Great Blue Herons and American
Robins (flock of over 80 birds), Green Heron, Baltimore Oriole (one
flock of 12 birds), and a good showing of raptors (Bald Eagle, N.
Harrier, Osprey), along with many more mundane species.
In short, the action is getting good at Dead Creek!