[CT Birds] Old Lyme highlights 9-6, Western Sandpiper
pedrodyl at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 6 20:35:46 EDT 2017
In celebration of beach off-season, and perhaps serendipitously World Shorebirds Day, I went to Griswold Point this morning as the tides finally aligned.
I walked all around the point and hadn't had much, until I came back to the spit where you cross and found the tide was already rising past it. I had to wade at this point anyway so I stuck around to observe all the shorebirds scramble to find higher ground around me. Among the hundred+ Semipalmated Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, and Least Sandpipers was a Western Sandpiper! Luckily it landed right in front of me so I didn't have to search too hard.
Other highlights were a Clapper Rail, several Saltmarsh Sparrows, several Marsh Wrens, and my first migrant Savannah Sparrows of the season.
Interestingly as I walked back to my car at White Sands Beach, all the Semipalmated Plovers flew east down the shoreline, perhaps having run out of space with the rising tide
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