I made an appearance this evening and lucked out as well!  After my arrival, 
there was an arrival of Leasts (11).  Also seen in the wet west side area:
3 Solitary SP
2 Pectoral SP
1 Semipalmated Plover
1 Semipalmated SP
9 Killdeer

There should be more habitat for shorebirds tomorrow because the water hose 
filling the cattle's trough was left will be extra convenient 
since it is very close to the road!

Lastly, I noticed several signs have been  added to the one at the gate 
along the fencing perimeter reminding people to not enter the treatment 
facility.  Several months ago there was a burglary there and the police now 
patrol the road.  The settlement pond nearest to the road has the lowest 
water level (because of ground hogs tunneling into the embankment:  CAREFUL 



-----Original Message----- 
From: Kaye Danforth
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 5:32 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Pectoral Sandpiper on Lagoon Road in Hinesburg

Thanks for confirming the pectoral sandpiper Maeve and Jim.  I swung
by the lagoon en route to Albany this morning, waving quickly to Maeve
on my way out.  I too thought I'd seen the pectoral, but from where I
was viewing I had too much distortion on my scope to make a call.  Darn!

On Jul 30, 2013, at 5:19 PM, Maeve Kim wrote:

> This morning there were several species (list below). I'm delighted  that 
> Jim saw the Pectoral Sandpiper too - I'm never really confident  with 
> shorebird ID so agreement from another birder helps!.
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center
> Lagoon Road, Chittenden, US-VT
> Jul 30, 2013 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 0.2 mile(s)
> Comments:     watched from Lagoon Road for a while and then walked  along 
> the perimeter of the fence that surrounds the water treatment  ponds
> 23 species (+1 other taxa)
> Wood Duck  2
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Semipalmated Plover  2
> Killdeer  8     The two pairs that nested in this area were very 
> successful!
> Spotted Sandpiper  1
> Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
> Least Sandpiper  2
> Pectoral Sandpiper  1     I don't do enough shorebird watching to  feel 
> 100% sure of this ID - but I watched the bird through my scope  for over 
> 10 minutes and feel pretty confident. The bird was  noticeably larger than 
> the Semipalmated Plover near it. The main  color was a range of browns. 
> The breast appeared dark brown ending  with a clean line; the belly was 
> very pale. The bill was a little  longer than the width of the head and 
> looked slightly drooping. When  feeding, the bird used a quick stabbing 
> motion. It walked somewhat  slowly and in a dignified manner from feeding 
> place to feeding place.
> Empidonax sp.  2
> Warbling Vireo  1
> American Crow  1
> Tree Swallow  2
> Bank Swallow  1
> Barn Swallow  10
> Black-capped Chickadee  1
> Hermit Thrush  1     from woods across the road
> American Robin  1
> European Starling  22
> Song Sparrow  1
> Swamp Sparrow  1
> Northern Cardinal  1
> Red-winged Blackbird  X
> Eastern Meadowlark  1
> American Goldfinch  X
> View this checklist online at 
> On Jul 30, 2013, at 5:07 PM, Jim Mead wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> The usual number of Killdeer are present but besides
>> them, I am only seeing 2 other shorebirds at the
>> moment.
>> 1- Pectoral Sandpiper
>> 1- Solitary Sandpiper
>> Enjoy Birds,
>> Jim Mead