As others have noted, the recent rains have raised the water level above Stone Bridge along with a retreat of the mud flats. In addition to a weather change in wind direction, the shorebird activity appeared diminished. At mid-afternoon two "gunners' at Farrell Access laid down a mini-barrage, apparently shot gun, that rapidly cleared the area of waterfowl and this observer! Location: Stone Bridge-Panton Observation date: 8/24/10 Notes: Water level higher +/- 3 inches, mud flats diminished. Number of species: 13 Mallard 12 Green-winged Teal 10 Great Blue Heron 5 Great Egret 5 Black-crowned Night-Heron 5 Flushed below the outlet. Greater Yellowlegs 1 Lesser Yellowlegs 12 Least Sandpiper 5 Eastern Phoebe 3 Blue Jay 1 American Crow 3 Song Sparrow 2 American Goldfinch 3 Location: Dead Creek--Farrell Access Observation date: 8/24/10 Notes: As noted for Stone Bridge, the water level was higher and the mud flats diminished. Shorebird activity appeared less. Baird's Sandpiper was among the group of 35 least Sandpipers, seen by four observers. One Peregrine Falcon that perched in good view, appeared to be a juvenile with brown edging to back feathers and streaked breast. Semipalmated Plovers often crouched low with head and single eye tilted towards the heavens sensing a threat from above! List is observer's, not a composite of other birders present. Waterfowl numbers indicate the most seen at one time. Number of species: 26 Wood Duck 1 Blue-winged Teal 7 Green-winged Teal 145 Great Blue Heron 7 Great Egret 3 Osprey 1 Bald Eagle 2 Northern Harrier 1 American Kestrel 1 Merlin 1 Peregrine Falcon 2 Semipalmated Plover 2 Spotted Sandpiper 2 Greater Yellowlegs 1 Lesser Yellowlegs 11 Semipalmated Sandpiper 2 Least Sandpiper 35 Baird's Sandpiper 3 Ring-billed Gull 6 Belted Kingfisher 1 Eastern Phoebe 3 Tree Swallow X Barn Swallow 3 Gray Catbird 3 Northern Cardinal 2 American Goldfinch 2 Location: Dead Creek WMA IBA - Brilyea Access Observation date: 8/24/10 Notes: Shorebirds, none observed even by wooden bridge! Number of species: 4 Great Blue Heron 4 Northern Harrier 1 Ring-billed Gull 3 European Starling 18 Location: Whitney Creek - pull off road Observation date: 8/24/10 Notes: Next to no bird activity observed! Number of species: 2 Wood Duck 1 Great Blue Heron 1 Location: McCuen Slang Observation date: 8/24/10 Notes: Northern Goshawk observed perched and then in flight. Number of species: 17 Northern Goshawk 1 Mourning Dove 1 Eastern Kingbird 4 Red-eyed Vireo 1 American Crow 1 Black-capped Chickadee 4 White-breasted Nuthatch 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 American Robin 1 Gray Catbird 1 European Starling 1 Nashville Warbler 1 Pine Warbler 1 Song Sparrow 2 Northern Cardinal 1 American Goldfinch 6 House Sparrow 3 Cheers, Roy Pilcher The Gables at East Mountain, Rutland, Vermont Speaking the same language.