Stilt Sandpipers in Lancaster
- Hi all. On a brief trip down to LACO I managed a few stops at the
"ponds" at Ave. G and Hwy 14 in Lancaster. On Saturday (8/30), I was
lucky to run into Todd McGrath, who proceeded to point out a STILT
SANDPIPER and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER. Today, I returned to the same spot
with Alan Brown and we were able to refind a Juvenile Stilt Sandpiper
plus another one for a grand total of TWO! We also had (1) BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER there and the nicest number and variety (15 species) of
shorebirds I've seen this fall. At the South Branch Sewage Ponds on
Edwards AFB we had (8) more BAIRD'S.
It may be worth mentioning to those heading out to the base that while
attempting to get to the Duck's Unlimited Ponds this morning we ran into
a number of hunters taking advantage of opening day of the dove season.
It apparently runs for the next fifteen days (?). So, it may be best to
check with the base before heading out.
Santa Cruz, CA
- L. A. Birders:
To repeat what I mentioned in my Bird Box message yesterday morning (1
September), there are now two juv. Stilt Sandpipers at the "G Spot" -- the
shallow retention basin along the east side of the Antelope Valley (14)
Freeway between Ave. G and Ave. H. Other birds there included a Baird's
Sandpiper, 9 White-faced Ibis, 3 Snowy Plovers, 25 Lesser Yellowlegs, 150
Wilson's Phalaropes, and lots of other shorebirds, egrets, etc. The ponds
sure look ripe for a Buff-breasted Sandpiper.
The pond is accessed along the east side, which is a dirt extension of 20th
Street West -- go north about halfway up the ponds and look for an obvious
break in the fence. I ran into two other birders who had spent a good deal
of time looking for the spot off Division Street because of previous
Otherwise, pretty good numbers of landbird migrants at various tree groves
in the valley, including multiple Willow Flycatchers and Black-chinned
Hummingbirds at every stop.
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
- Hi Kimball and all,
> Stilt Sandpipers at the "G Spot" -- theThanks for this...
> shallow retention basin along the east side of the Antelope Valley (14)
> Freeway between Ave. G and Ave. H.
apparently I had been looking for it
in all the wrong places.......
Mandatory bird content....
There was an adult Solitary Sandpiper in the
mitigation site on the east side of Harbor Pk.
Saturday, as well as 21 Red-neck Phals on the lake.
Mitch - Torrance,