Date: 2/26/17 1:47 pm From: Duane Nelson <dnelson1...> Subject: [cobirds] Baird's Sandpiper at John Martin Reservoir, Bent County CO, 2/26/17
I found a single Baird's Sandpiper today at John Martin Reservoir, Bent County. This may be the earliest spring record of this species in Colorado, although not by much. I believe Stan Oswald found this species on February 27th in Rocky Ford (Otero County) about 15 years ago, and I saw it on February 28th. Most years, this early migrant shows up in middle or late March around here.
Other spring birds at John Martin included a build-up of Red-breasted Mergansers, and some Lapland Longspurs showing signs of attaining breeding plumage.
I made a brief visit to Adobe Creek Reservoir, and saw migrant Horned and Clark's Grebes, as well as American White Pelicans.