Date: 7/3/17 10:20 am From: Kyle Chelius <ganglerisson...> Subject: Re: [JERSEYBI] Marbled Gotwit at Brig
I was in the parking lot at Brig when your alert went out - five minutes before I got in my car. I was able to be at the spot within 15 minutes and spent about 20 minutes looking for the godwit. Never saw it.
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From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of Yong Kong <yklitespeed...>
Sent: Friday, June 30, 2017 3:23 PM
Subject: [JERSEYBI] Marbled Gotwit at Brig
I arrived at Brig late this morning with an attitude “I-will-get-there-when-I-get-there” so I can pull over to check out some interesting habitat patches along the drive to Brig.
Highlight of the day at the dike was driving by a very young birder sitting in the backseat and being chaperone by an adult driver in the front. She had a very cool looking zoom camera, and was taking photos of an Osprey on its nest. Later on, she was taking photos of egrets, and she seemed so stoked finding these birds and taking photographs. It was refreshing to see our next generation of expert birders in action.
Low of the day was this grumpy birder being so disappointed that Brig held little or no shorebirds. But he kept looking. At the mile marker 11 where the recently constructed concrete tide gate is located and where terns usually perch on the metal railing, a giant shorebird was roosting in the edge of marsh in the impoundment. It was totally hidden during the first live action view. Then it stood up for a few seconds but not much movement after.
Photo location of where the Marbled Gotwit was observed is on Flickr below.