A Willet was at Shelburne Bay this morning (the 31st), viewed by Jim
Osborn and me from something after 6am until at least 7:20 when I left.
I also saw it briefly around 5:30am.
It was virtually at our feet at the pseudo boat launch at the north end
of the parking lot among the rocks at the edge of the water feeding and
preening, along with a Ring-billed Gull, three Semipalmated Plovers,
four Semipalmated Sandpipers, and a couple of Least Sandpipers ... most
or all in new plumage. Elsewhere there were also Lesser Yellowlegs and
Killdeer. We did not search for all possible shorebirds.
The Willet was light grey with a possible hint of brown in the tertials
and secondaries. It easily blended in the (dry) rocks. The feathers, in
general, were very well worn. The bill was solid black as far as we
could be convinced. These features make it likely that this is not the
bird that was recently reported at Delta Park.
At least one of the Red-necked Grebes was still present as well. Other
waterfowl included Canada Goose, Common Merganser, Mallard, American
Black Duck, Green-wing Teal, American Wigeon, Northern Shoveler, and
Wood Duck. I suspect there may also have been one or more Blue-winged
Teal, but I did not see one.
On 8/30/2012 5:34 PM, UVM wrote:
> Willet still at Shelburne Bay as of 5:30 PM, viewable from boat access looking east.
> Sent from my iPhone