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Owner Frederick Bowes

International Shorebird Survey (ISS)
  • 1
  • 3.7 mi
Comments

Fri 8/9/19 6:20am-12:30pm'; HiTide 7:05am (9.7ft); 67F; clear; wind W 5-10; bay water rippled.
Large flocks of mixed small shorebirds were loafing in areas restricted to protect Piping Plovers and Least Terns. Though not yet accessible yet, I could scope flocks in the closer areas and make guesstimates as to mix percentages. Others I had to make ballpark estimates and apply the prevailing percentages.
Highlight was 3 Whimbrels. Missed the continuing breeding plumage Horned Grebe today. Willet numbers have dropped as they are now mostly quiet and shy; any have likely started heading south.

Observations

  1. Number observed: 26

    Comments: 9 locations max 7 - no flocks

  2. Number observed: 742

    Comments: 13 locations many in large mixed flocks wSESAs largest groups est 225,180,104, 85

  3. Number observed: 7

    Comments: Many on beach but in restricted areas on oceanside. Today i only say 7 in 3 locations including 1 not yet fledged individual

  4. Number observed: 1

    Comments: breeder in Boathole area

  5. Number observed: 3

    Comments: together actively feeding - south of High Pines - possible 4th but could be duplication

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  6. Number observed: 49

    Comments: 9 locations 21 Boathole/Crescent area,other largest groups of 6,5,5

  7. Number observed: 258

    Comments: 10 locations est 160 mixed in oceanside loafing area, 31 Boathole/Crescent, others scattered

  8. Number observed: 26

    Comments: 7 locations with 8 Boathole/Crescent . Others scattered,

  9. Number observed: 2619

    Comments: 11 locations many in large mixed flocks loafing oceanside in restricted areas - Numerous SEPL mixed with SESAs and a few Sanderlings and Least identified. One Western identified with other suspects as well. Est largest groups at 1675, 360,200, 125,117

  10. Number observed: 1

    Comments: There were others that may have been WESAs also but this one I have pix for. In varying degrees they show the long slightly downturned bill, rusty upper scapulars, dark tips on the scapular feathers, and other scapular feathers already in gray basic plumage. In life this bird seemed larger and chunkier than the SESAs nearby but that doesn't show in these pix. Also, except for the third shot (with head down), the rusty on the back seems more subdued than in life when it was moving about and I could see it nicely in the scope full zoom.

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  11. Number observed: 6

    Comments: 1 location (Boathole/Crescent) Many more have been around - just not evident today.

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  12. Number observed: 2

    Comments: 1 north of bridge , 1 bayside near 1st xover

  13. Number observed: 3

    Comments: 3 singletons

  14. Number observed: 28

    Comments: 7 locations 13 at High Pines, rest scattered.. Other than a noisy flock of 8 at High Pines (7 in pix below), most birds were quiet even in areas fiercely defended 2 weeks earlier. Presumably many have headed south already. None appeared to warrant consideration as Westerns

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  15. Number observed: 1

    Comments: zoomed across marsh at Plum Hills right in front of me as I was scanning the panne area and took an unsuspecting blackbird out of the marsh grass and headed north toward with prey in claw(s).. Quite brown, could see face pattern clearly, head seemed dark so probably a female and not a juvenile.

  16. Number observed: 1

    Comments: roadside Gurnet/Saquish

  17. Number observed: X
  18. Number observed: 1

    Comments: roadside Gurnet/Saquish road

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