Solitary Sandpiper at Big River Quarry Pond
- Big River Spring Survey Leader Richard Hubacek spotted a lone Solitary Sandpiper in the small pond in the quarry about 0.6 miles up the Big River Haul during the first survey of the West Haul route this morning.
It's the first time this species has been seen at Big River since the spring surveys began in 2003. It's also a "life bird" for Richard.
Although the bird flew off upriver (and was spotted again from station 5) by the time we finished the 11 station survey route around 10:30am, the Solitary Sandpiper had returned to the quarry.
Other notable observations included ~13 Whimbrel, 2 Least Sandpipers and a Greater Yellowlegs on Big River Beach and, near station five, Double-crested Cormorants apparently gathering nesting material.
Overall, 45 bird species, along with Harbor Seals and River Otters, were observed during the survey.