Long-billed Dowitcher (probable), Muskegon Wastewater, 19 Apr 2009

Caleb Putnam larus10 at hotmail.com
Mon Apr 20 14:30:32 EDT 2009


I surveyed the Muskegon Wastewater Complex yesterday, 19 April 2009, and had a lone transitional dowitcher which I believe to be a Long-billed (did not hear it call, but plumage plus feedback I've solicited supports the ID). Also had the season's first Upland Sandpipers, and a continuing flock of Lapland Longspurs in beautiful breeding plumage (w. side of Swanson halfway between M-46 and Laketon). Finally, there is an apparently melanistic Ruddy Duck there as well (north edge of east lagoon), the third report of this plumage at this location in recent years.

My eBird trip report is below, and photos of the dowitcher and Ruddy Duck are at the Muskegon County Nature club website:


Good Birding,
Caleb Putnam

Caleb G Putnam 

Sparta, MI

larus10 at hotmail.com

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From: <do-not-reply at ebird.org>
Date: Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 4:10 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Muskegon Wastewater System , 4/19/09

Location:     Muskegon Wastewater System
Observation date:     4/19/09
Notes:     I covered Swanson Rd to 1.25 miles south of M-46, Swanson Rd north of M-46 to White Rd, White Rd from the headquarters to Swanson, the north and east edge of the east lagoon, the north edge of the west lagoon, and the five aerator ponds. I did not have time to cover any other areas. <br><br>I also recorded the following which are not included in the estimates:<br>-1000s of gulls nesting on the center dike, did not drive the center dike and did not estimate #s. All other gulls reported were elsewhere.
Number of species:     39

Canada Goose     16
Gadwall     46
Mallard     4
*Blue-winged Teal     2
Northern Shoveler     207
Lesser Scaup     11
Greater/Lesser Scaup     100
Bufflehead     102
Ruddy Duck     951
Wild Turkey     1
*Common Loon     1 (flyby)
*Horned Grebe     33
Turkey Vulture     2
Red-tailed Hawk     1
American Coot     7
Killdeer     10
*Greater Yellowlegs     2
*Lesser Yellowlegs     1
*Upland Sandpiper     3
*Long-billed Dowitcher     1
Ring-billed Gull     65
Herring Gull     4
gull sp.     368
Mourning Dove     3
Northern Flicker     4
American Crow     6
Horned Lark     66
Tree Swallow     3
Eastern Bluebird     2
American Robin     10
European Starling     152
*Field Sparrow     1
*Vesper Sparrow     6
*Savannah Sparrow     3
*Lapland Longspur     15
Red-winged Blackbird     26
Eastern Meadowlark     10
Common Grackle     2
Brown-headed Cowbird     6

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org)

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