I apologize for this late report. I returned home last night to a computer that was experiencing
what appears to be the throws of death. So from yesterday,...
Early-mid morning a Whimbrel dropped in at Charlotte Town Beach for a brief (about 10 mins.) stay.
Immediately upon landing it began to preen and bathe with vigor as if it had been flying for a
while. After a few minutes of getting its feathers back in order it began to forage on what
appeared to be Zebra Mussels. After a brief time of foraging the Whimbrel took off toward the NE,
perhaps to feed in some of the nearby fields. Also of interest at CTB were 3 Sanderlings.
At Dead Creek, in and amungst about 150 shorebirds* were:
Pectoral Sandpipers (26)
American Golden Plovers (4)
Red-necked Phalarope (3)
* Comprehensive lists of shorebirds seen at DC on Sunday are given on posts by Doug Hardy and Ruth
Stewart. Thanks, Doug and Ruth.
Bald Eagles (4) were quite active over the water between the parking lots.
At Tri-Town Water Treatment Plant:
In with a raft of Cormorants were several gull species. Ted's super-natural birding skills picked
a Little Gull out of the crowd which we all got a good, even if distant, look at. The bird was
being chased by a Bonaparte's for a while which offered a wonderful size comparison. The evading
aerial maneuvers of the Little Gull gave us good glimpses of the dark underwing.
Again, I apologize for not having this post up sooner for people to use in planning their birding
day. Maybe the Whimbrel will stick around for a while to fatten up for the next leg of its journey
which will most likely take it to the SE US or NE South America.
Good luck to anyone looking for these wonderful birds.