Wednesday, June 24, 2009


First Southbound Shorebird (of) Summer, that is. Michael O'Brien let me know that he and Vince Elia had two Least Sandpipers and a Lesser Yellowlegs at the Meadows on June 21. Michael notes, "There had apparently been a Least around recently that was probably a lingerer from the spring, but Vince said that bird had some sort of growth on its head. These Leasts were different, and the yellowlegs was new - so I would call those the first southbound migrants. The wind was out of the north that day."

So there you have it, Tom Reed's Whimbrel is beaten by a day and the coveted FSSS award goes to Vince and Michael.

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