Wednesday, August 26, 2009

8/25 - Milford Pt shorebirds; Marbled Godwit, WESAs

This afternoon's rising-to-high tide at Milford Pt was again productive. As compared to my 8/21 visit, there were far fewer peep but a much higher percentage of juveniles (from ~5% to 30%). Highlights included a Marbled Godwit and 3 juv Western Sandpipers.

Marbled Godwit

juv Western Sandpiper (note the new gray scapular on this sitting bird, revealing that it has already begun prebasic molt...something that juv Westerns do before Semis, on average)

juv Western Sandpiper

juv Western Sandpiper

adult White-rumped Sandpiper

- NB