Hi all, I stopped at Shelburne Bay boat access from about 11-12 AM
A group of 3 hunters were in a camouflaged boat just beyond the mud
flats far to the east. They had 15 Canada Geese decoys out, but left
about 11:40 AM.
The Willet continues west of the big rock, and a number (7) of large
Plovers was seen to the east. One was a breeding-plumage Black-bellied,
and the rest were primarily "grey" colored. (For several(?) days there
had been 3 Black-bellied Plovers (nonbreeding) reported from the Bay.)
At the time I noted that two of a closer-together group of four of these
birds appeared smaller than the other two (one of which had breeding
plumage), an indication of possible Am Golden-Plovers.
Weather conditions were such, and the birds weren't showing clearly
their rump/tail or underwing, that I didn't continue to analyze them and
I also was able to stop later in the afternoon, as the rain held off.
The Willet continued to the west of the rock. That was about 4-5:30 PM.
Steve Antell showed up for part of the time, and we considered one of
the plovers as being Am. Golden, having relatively closer looks, but
again we weren't able to get underwing or tail looks. Then Jim Mead
showed up and we kept watching the plovers, and later they began
occasional flights and returns. With enough flights we confirmed that
there were indeed two Am Goldens there and the rest were Black-bellied.
Several other shorebirds were there at different times in the afternoon,
including at least 7 Pectorals, and both Yellowlegs.
In the morning there were Leasts and a couple Semipalmated Sandpipers
Also there were good looks at 2 Red-necked Grebes over to the east in
the area of some moored boats.
I had a nice, distance, look at a Merlin that appeared on the flat, at a
small pond, and drank or preened for a bit. This didn't seen to overly
bother the plovers that were not that far away.
Another very nice and productive day to be out birding!