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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.