Tawas Point, June 4
strat at ejourney.com
Sun Jun 5 23:20:57 EDT 2005
White-rumped Sandpiper: 2 observed on the near lake-side sand bar area
off the tip of the point, from early morning to early afternoon.(approx.
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.). They were actively feeding in and near the water with
other shorebirds, and were active, with occasional preening and resting.
Baird's Sandpiper: 1 observed on the near lake-side sand bar area off
the tip of the point, from early morning to early afternoon (approx. 8
a.m.-1:30 p.m.). Although in the general vicinity of other shorebirds,
it fed (and preened and rested) alone on the drier areas of the sand
bars. It was active (but deliberate in nature), mainly walking while
picking for food. I allowed much time to notice field marks (including
wings extending well past the tail; dark rump; slender, long body;
coloration similar to a Least Sandpiper, but this bird larger and with
dark legs), and to make direct size, coloration, wing extension relative
to tail, and habit comparisons to other birds on the sand bars,
including Least Sandpiper (4), Semipalmated Sandpiper (30), and the
White-rumped Sandpipers. Field guides were well consulted for proper
identification, along with eliminating the possibility of a lighter
phased Sanderling (differentiated by comparing wing extension relative
to tail, body shape, feeding style, running style, and stance).
Red Knot: 1 observed on lake-side sand bar, just after noon. It was
resting, along with occasional feeding.
Others: Philadelphia Vireo, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover,
Mourning Warbler (2 singing males), Magnolia Warbler (singing male),
Orchard Oriole (singing male), and Clay-colored Sparrow (2 singing males).
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