Redlands Parkway Ponds, Western Sandpiper/Black-necked Stilt and Long-billed Dowitcher
- Diane and I went to try and see the sandpipers at the north Redlands pond in the afternoon of 7/31 after Bob reported the Baird's as we had never id one before. We arrived about 2:30pm and it was "hot" and after a bit of looking we spotted 3 sandpipers on the far shore, but could not see enough to even try to id them. Took some pictures, but the pictures were not any help either. We told Jackson about the Baird's report and he went out on the morning of 8/1 to see if they were still there, he got some good looks and some good pictures as well. We checked out his pictures that evening and we were leaning towards Western Sandpipers rather than Baird's, but we were by not means sure of it, as we have not spent a lot of time learning the differences of sandpipers. We then went out the next morning 8/2 to try again in better light and temperatures. We got better looks, but still not good enough for an ID at our current skill level. Good pictures sure make it easier for an ID, thanks Jackson. We then went to check out the south pond near the boat launch and spotted a Black-necked Stilt and a Long-billed Dowitcher as well as a female Wood Duck. Thanks Bob for getting us out to look. Sorry for the late post.