The report of a Wood Sandpiper (juv) is relayed from Allan Barron and Joe Gartland who saw it around 12:15 Thursday 12th Sept.
It was located in the SW corner of Lake Earl from Vipond Drive off Lake Earl Drive, near a traditional birding access to the lake at Lakeview Drive.
There have been no further reports, although a Del Norte Pelagic this Saturday has drawn many birders to Crescent City this Friday and Saturday. It will certainly be well looked for. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was reported from Del Norte on the 8th Sept.
Other birds of recent note are a Prairie Warbler along the Jacoby Creek Willows by Hwy 101 Arcata near the red house, Blackpoll Warbler and A. Redstart at the Horse Pasture, Baird's Sandpipers and Ruffs at various locations including Mad River County Park, Eel River Wildlife Area (Hookton Road) and Cock Robin Island (Loleta).
Specific directions to Vipond are North 101 out of Crescent City. Left at Elk Valley Crossroad, then left on Lake Earl Drive. Travel 0.5 miles just past Lakeview Drive will be Vipond on the right. This road bends around and gets close to the lake shore. Access can be gained between the second to last and last house. This area may well be private property, but being polite and checking prior has resulted in no problems so far.
The bird did fly off just like the White-rumped Sandpiper last month. The Lake is huge and Allan was not that confident it could be relocated. Regardless we'll keep you posted.
Rob Hewitt (Director)
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Godwit Days Festival Steering Committee
www.godwitdays.com - April 18-20, 2003
Keynote speaker Kenn Kaufman
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