Saturday, June 19, 2010

La. Water + Speaking of Shorebirds

The Kentucky Warblers were still singing strongly in the wet woods outside of Dividing Creek, along Route 555 in Cumberland County as we worked our MAPS banding station this morning, but perhaps more interesting was the Louisiana Waterthrush chipping right along 555 near the tracks, which flew across the road eventually and disappeared. Louisiana Waterthrushes don't breed there, so this was a finished or failed breeder. At least three Summer Tanagers sang along the tracks as well.

Vince Elia had some shorebirds in the meadows today: 4 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Least Sandpipers, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, and a Semipalmated Sandpipers. The yellowlegs and the leasts are likely southbound migrants - whether they went all the way north to the breeding grounds or quit the trip is another question. The semis (both kinds) are more difficult to read.

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