At the Lagoon Road site that Jim Mead refers to below there was a good number of shorebirds - about 50 to 75 this morning 8 to 9 am -- Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, One Semipalmated Plover, one Spotted Sandpiper, many Killdeer. It was hard to count them due to the herd of Black Angus taking a mud bath in the puddle. There may have been other species, as well.
There was also a nice selection of swallows on the utility wires at the side of the road, including at least two Bank Swallows.
172 Woodbury Road
Burlington, VT 05408
On Jul 28, 2013, at 12:21 PM, Jim Mead <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I just got back from Lagoon Rd. in Hinesburg. There is a nice muddy area with some water in it on the right (or east) side of Lagoon Rd. just before the solar panels. I counted 2 Semipalmated Plovers there along with 12 Killdeer. There is also a watering tub (for the Black Angus there) on the east side of the road (about 1/2 way between the Hinesburg/Charlotte Rd. and the solar panels). Directly west of the watering tank (and on the west side of the road) is another muddy area with water in it, about 50' from the road. I counted 20 Least Sandpipers there.
> This is the very beginning of the southward shorebird migration and with the water level being so high in Lake Champlain, the birds are probably going to be searching for flooded/muddy spots in fields. Hopefully the one in front of the solar panels will remain for a while because it will likely be a welcoming stop for other shorebirds passing through.
> Good luck to any that may try finding the ones that I saw and even more luck to those trying to find some new species !!!
> Enjoy Birds,
> Jim Mead