Friday, May 9, 2008

Wood Sandpiper in Delaware!

If you haven't heard, a truly great bird has been discovered in Delaware: Wood Sandpiper. The following is from the Delaware RBA, May 9:

"A new bird to the Delaware State List was a WOOD SANDPIPER found at theimpoundments at Broadkill Beach, part of Prime Hook NWR . Found by SharonLynn of Rehoboth Beach, that bird was seen for the last three days mostly onthe south side by the second pullout. It has also been seen on the northside. This is the first East Coast record since the Rye, New York bird foundby Tom Burke on October 31, 1990. Related to our Yellowlegs, in flight this Eurasian wader flies like a SPOTTED SANDPIPER. A RUFF was also reported atBroadkill Beach on Wednesday morning.

"To get to the Broadkill Beach impoundments to find the WOOD SANDPIPER, turneast at the light for the Rt 16 and Delaware Rt 1 intersection, east of Milton. The turn is marked by a sign for the Prime Hook NWR. From the turnto the refuge headquarters, go straight down the Broadkill Beach Roadanother 2.2 miles. Drive to the sharp left turn with the dirt road andyellow gate at Island Farms. Check the impoundments and marsh east of thissharp turn. Please sign in at the log book at the second pullout on thesouth side of the road.. Parking may be an issue; you may want to park atthe gate to Island Farms and walk east along the edge of the impoundments."

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