More great birds for the Fairfield Big Year effort! On Friday morning, I journeyed to Southport to again gain a view of the Fairfield Country Club in hopes of connecting with Buff-breasted Sandpiper or another interesting grasspiper. I was not disappointed. I was able to pull away with 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers as well as 7 Pectoral Sands, 1 White-rumped Sandpiper and 3 large peep sp. that could’ve been either Baird’s or White-rumped. The identification of many of these birds was made trickier by the sun, high in the sky at the time I visited, which made interpreting plumages difficult. Structure was relied on for many of these birds.
Just today, James Purcell saw an adult Brown Pelican (!) at the Penfield Reef. I raced over there (and although I didn’t connect with the pelican) still notched 2 juvenile Western Sandpipers, a first for me in Fairfield. I was able to digiscope a few spots, albeit poorly, as my digiscoping attachment is out of service. Photos of bird A below:
17 species of shorebird in a week. Note bad for Fairfield…..