good looking redhead
- Very good close-up views of the REDHEAD pair at USTP on 5/1 as they were
initially quite close in the 1st, bubbler pond. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was
also seen in that pond. On the north pond was a DUNLIN in breeding plumage.
Today 5/2 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm the REDHEADS were in the south pond as
was a winter plumaged RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. (A number of COOTS in that pond
were also observed busily swimming in circles apparently having been
recruited by the PHALAROPE.)
A GREEN-BACKED HERON was seen flying between ponds. A very attractive
breeding plumaged SPOTTED SANDPIPER was at the eastern end of the north
pond. Just a few of the many shorebirds present. Excellent scoping weather
too; bright overcast skies with no hint of heat wave distortion.