Deprived of any due course guidance from Yakkers on the plumage differences
between Least and Western Sandpipers (per Mike's photos), I decided to take
my case to the shorebirds themselves.
It was overcast and windy at Wenas Lake Friday afternoon. A pretentious
Great Blue Heron seemed willing to preside as judge pro tempore but the
jury pool of seven cows, three deer and two fisherpeople could only agree
that death by boredom would be cruel and unusual punishment.
I can not recall such a slow late August day for shorebirds at Wenas Lake.
I walked from the boat ramp to the rocky area just short of the dam. Dang
little was seen.
I have not reviewed all of this season's Wenas postings but I don't recall
many, if any, reports of Yellowlegs or American Pipits. In the past, these
species seemed to be frequent fliers at Wenas in the fall.
The old Wenas Lake resort fell to the bulldozer a couple of weeks ago.
The receding water has revealed a small outboard motor a boater must
have lost earlier this year. If you are into salvage, you'll need a wagon
it quite a distance back to the parking area.
Great lighting when I left at 6 pm but not much to see.
Observation date: 8/31/07
Notes: Overcast, windy (8-10 mph)
Number of species: 13
Canada Goose 75
Green-winged Teal 50
California Quail 3
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 3
Baird's Sandpiper 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Black-billed Magpie 2
This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(_http://ebird.org_
Befuddled Birder by 3700 Bonnie Boone
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