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7291Re: The best day shorebirding ever...at least for me!

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  • Jim Stevenson
    Sep 1, 2011
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      A few years ago, it was hard for me to wrap my brain around the apparent fact that by Labor Day, the majority of the shorebirds have passed.

      Finally back in Galveston after 3.5 months!

      From: Andrew Wraithmell
      Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 4:29 PM
      To: undisclosed-recipients:
      Subject: The best day shorebirding ever...at least for me!

      Hi all

      It was pretty incredible today at the refuge. I'm still shocked at seeing that many buff-breasts in one place. Incredible. Thank you thunderstorm!

      34 Black-bellied Plover
      9 Wilson's Plover
      101 Semipalmated Plover
      2 Killdeer
      26 Black-necked Stilt
      1 Am. Avocet
      62 G. Yellowlegs
      17 L. Yellowlegs
      122 Willet
      27 Spotted Sandpiper
      75 Buff-breasted Sandpiper
      1 Hudsonian Godwit
      15 Marbled Godwit
      72 Ruddy Turnstone
      5 Red Knot
      1 Sanderling
      41 Semipalmated Sandpiper
      178 Western Sandpiper
      35 Least Sandpiper
      9 Pectoral Sandpiper
      2 Dunlin
      8 Stilt Sandpiper
      194 Short-billed Dowitcher
      1 Long-billed Dowitcher
      1 Wilson's Phalarope
      481 unidentified peeps
      45 dowitcher spp.

      other spp. included

      30 Blue-winged Teal
      1 Northern Shoveler
      2 Pied-billed Grebe
      1 Peregrine
      1 Greater Scaup (still!)
      10+ Reddish Egret
      7 Roseate Spoonbill
      10 Black Tern
      500 Barn Swallow

      and my new buddy, Old Bollocks the Alligator! Video on the blog to follow. Pictures of Hudwit and Buff-breasts already up.


      I'm off to watch my daughter tap dance!



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