17th September – Shoreline Shuffle

A pleasant day guiding two ladies, Eileen and Linda  around some of our shoreline spots. We kicked off at Hammo with a lifer American Golden Plover for Eileen that was a ‘gimme’, parading around Meig’s Point parking lot.

Adult American Golden Plover

A walk down Willard’s was quiet, but we managed to pull out a few warblers, American Redstart, Black and White, Magnolia, Alder-type Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo and Eastern Wood Pewee. Two stunning  juv. Northern Harriers reconnoitered the adjacent marshland. Sadly the Buff-breasted Sandpipers present earlier in the week had been replaced by two Pectoral Sandpipers.

 
Lighthouse was quiet, with hawks, but slowly working the woods, produced several Black ‘n Whites, Pine, Parula, Magnolia, Redstart and great looks at Swainson’s Thrush and a Veery.
 
Milford was next up for the high tide “peep show” and it didn’t disappoint. One of the first birds was a pristine juvenile American Golden Plover. Gobs of shorebirds lined up in the tidewrack affording awesome views; Dunlin, Semiplamated Plovers amidst many Semipalmated Sandpipers. Carefully scouring the flocks pulled out a couple of Westerns, a few White-rumped’s, including, surprisingly, only my second-ever juvenile!

Juvenile White-rumped Sandpiper

Within a few minutes, I picked up a distant Baird’s in one of the flocks, and at range I thought it was an adult, a rare age class in fall. However as it got closer, it became clear it was a worn juvenile.

Baird's Sandpiper - worn juvenile

At intervals, all the birds would scatter and we were treated to an amazing sight of the local Peregrine hunting the flock. Quite an amazing end to a great day’s birding!

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