Thursday, June 20, 2013

White-rumped Sandpipers

While birding around western Monroe County, Michael David and I came across some flooded soybean fields near the town of Kresgeville. Michael spotted a group of sandpipers in a distant pool, but they were too far way to identify without a spotting scope. We birded a few more stops including my house (heard the chat!) where we picked up my scope. When we returned to the sandpipers, we determined that we had found nine White-rumped Sandpipers, a very unusual species for the county!

White-rumped Sandpipers in flight

when the sandpipers landed, it was possible to see the characteristic white rump of this species, as the left-most bird is displaying

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