Shorebirds this evening

At 5:45 p.m. this afternoon, I checked the flooded field on the west side of Meridian Rd. between IL 75 and the Pec River bridge. There were about 80 shorebirds in the puddle, many hidden by dead vegetation. My attention was first drawn to a group of really pale ones near the back–7 Wilson’s Phalaropes! Then, among the Least Sandpipers I found a single White-rumped. There were 2 Stilt Sandpipers, at least 1 of which was a nice clean and colorful juvenile. There were the usual suspects too-Solitary Sandpiper, both yellowlegs, Killdeer, about a dozen Pectorals. While I was checking them out, something frightened them and, in small groups, they flew around, some returning to the puddle and others leaving to the west. Unfortunately, the phalaropes went west and didn’t return during the time that I was there.

This pond bears watching, but the birds are close to the road, so it is a good idea to stay in your car or behind it, using the car as a blind.

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