Around 1:00 pm today, Lynda Johnson called with news of a Black-necked Stilt at Nygren Wetlands, west of Rockton. It was still there when I stopped at 3:15 pm and had been seen by a number of others in the interim.
Mike Descamps emailed with news that it was still there around 6:00 pm.
On Wednesday, July 20, I checked Nygren water levels to see if there were any shorebirds. The level of the big marsh is dropping and some mud flats are being exposed, particularly on the north side and the small “island” of mud where the waterfowl and pelicans rest on the east side. So far, there were Lesser Yellowlegs and Least, Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers, plus lots of Killdeer.
The mud flat in the south oxbow only had Killdeer and Solitary Sandpipers.
Nygren bears watching. It is likely the best shorebird spot in Winnebago County.