Saturday, September 19, 2009

Marbled Godwit still at Shirley's Bay September 19, 2009

The Marbled Godwit continues to feed at Shirley's Bay. This morning at 7:45a.m. it was present along with the Stilt Sandpiper, 2 Great Egret and a small selection of shorebirds. There was a light movement of warblers along the dyke including Blackpoll, Black-throated Green, Nashville, Palm, Pine, and Northern Parula. (Thanks to Chris Bruce). Waterfowl numbers were low but a nice variety including Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal and Green-winged Teal and a Virginia Rail working along the edge of the cattails.

Marbled Godwit feeding.

Stilt Sandpiper (left) and Lesser Yellowlegs (right)

Close up view of Stilt Sandpiper. Note difference in bill shape and pale eye line than Lesser Yellowlegs.

Solitary Sandpiper is a regular fall migrant in small numbers.

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