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103248-18-2014 Stilt sandpipers still at North Bank of the Kasilof River

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  • kennethtarbox
    Aug 20, 2014
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      Three of us went looking for the stilt sandpipers reported at the north bank of the Kasilof River.  After searching hundreds of yellowlegs  we  found two stilt sandpipers that were close enough for a positive ID.  For those not use to birding at Kasilof north bank you should go about 3 hours before high tide at Kenai.  The flats will be exposed but within a half  hour to hour the mudflats will be covered and the birds gone.  As the tide comes in it pushes the birds right to the beach so if you are not moving around they will come  within 30 to 50 feet of you.  

      Other birds seen were a merlin, six sandhill cranes feeding on the mud flats, western sandpipers, and offshore a group of waterfowl.