Please excuse the late post for those who may be considering a trip to Dead Creek to see the shorebirds tomorrow Saturday. At Farrell Access most observations were made looking north to the mud flats that are extending by the day with the shorebirds being confined to more distant water. I did spend an hour or more on the green grassy peninsular about half a mile to the south. The walk there is fine as the shore is dry and the clay hardened. That observation point on Thursday was much closer to where much of the activity was taking place. The Black-bellied Plovers were on a mud flat between the outcropping of stumps and the eastern shore. For those who have watched the "pair" of adult Peregrine Falcon operating at Dead Creek, the question is, "Are they hunting cooperatively or independently as two individuals?" The merlin appears to be "lone ranger"! Location: Stone Bridge-Panton Observation date: 8/19/10 Notes: These observations were made while sitting at the water's edge for over an hour and viewing a flock of shorebirds on a mud flat on the east side of Dead Creek flushing and returning fairly regularly. The flock remained fairly constant except one time when it was joined by 12 Lesser Yellowlegs. The Baird's Sandpiper remained with the flock and was observed several times! Number of species: 17 Great Blue Heron 11 Great Egret 4 Northern Harrier 1 Spotted Sandpiper 3 Lesser Yellowlegs 12 Semipalmated Sandpiper 6 Least Sandpiper 100 Baird's Sandpiper 1 Ring-billed Gull 1 Blue Jay 1 Common Raven 1 Black-capped Chickadee 1 Cedar Waxwing 6 Song Sparrow 3 Northern Cardinal 1 Common Grackle 2 American Goldfinch 3 Location: Dead Creek--Farrell Access Observation date: 8/19/10 Notes: The number of shorebirds observed was much larger than the numbers recorded. The numbers recorded indicate the largest number seen together in a single flock at one time, [to avoid double counting]! The two adult Peregrine Falcons were always seen "working" the shorebirds together. Several merlin sightings may have been of a single bird or multiple birds. The Black-bellied Plovers were in a single extended group resting on a mud flat seen only once before being flushed. The three Bald Eagles were of differing maturity. The Green-winged Teal were in a single group feeding along the east shore. Number of species: 18 Mallard 10 Green-winged Teal (American) 120 Osprey 1 Bald Eagle 3 Northern Harrier 1 Merlin 1 Peregrine Falcon 2 Black-bellied Plover 7 Semipalmated Plover 2 Killdeer 3 Greater Yellowlegs 3 Lesser Yellowlegs 17 Semipalmated Sandpiper 14 Least Sandpiper X Baird's Sandpiper 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Common Raven 1 American Goldfinch 1 Location: Dead Creek WMA IBA - Brilyea Access Observation date: 8/19/10 Notes: Most of the "action" was further downstream at Farrell Access! Number of species: 8 Wood Duck 4 Blue-winged Teal 5 Great Blue Heron 5 Great Egret 1 Killdeer 2 Least Sandpiper 11 American Crow 1 American Robin 2 Location: Gage Road, Addison Observation date: 8/19/10 Notes: Following up on last week's report of 15 American Kestrel observed along Gage Road, the numbers seem to be holding with an apparently good prey base! Number of species: 3 American Kestrel 13 Ring-billed Gull 6 American Crow 5 Location: East Creek Wildlife Management Area Observation date: 8/19/10 Number of species: 13 Mallard 2 American Bittern 1 Great Blue Heron 1 American Kestrel 2 Eastern Kingbird 4 American Crow 1 Tree Swallow 45 Barn Swallow 2 Gray Catbird 1 European Starling 60 Cedar Waxwing 7 Common Yellowthroat 1 Song Sparrow 2 Cheers, Roy Pilcher The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland, Vermont Speaking the same language.