Thursday, July 23, 2015

The First Migrant Shorebirds Showing Up Now

I took a late afternoon walk down to an old cow pond at Ezzell Farm in Mint Hill yesterday. My hunch was that hot, dry conditions had significantly shrunk the amount of water, exposing lots of exposed mud around the edges. I was right.  As a result, I was able to tally my first migrating shorebirds of the fall migration season.

One solitary sandpiper and one spotted sandpiper foraged along the edges. Both species are among the most common shorebirds that pass thru our area but their presence indicates that the pond is attractive to shorebirds right now and could attract something a bit more interesting if conditions persist.

I’ll be checking this pond regularly for the next couple of months. 

Solitary Sandpiper by Lee Weber

Spotted Sandpiper by John Ennis