Date: 7/3/17 1:35 pm From: Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> Subject: [JERSEYBI] Yong comment - Marbled Gotwit at Brig
Damm, Kyle, I am sorry you missed the godwit.
I was so glad to read Larry Z's ebird report the next day. Reason ? What good is a rare bird that only the finder see it and does not get passed on or it turns out the bird was only a one day wonder ?
After I typed away the text alert with detailed location, I did baby sit the bird in case anyone would actually pull over. Nope. Two cars just went by including aSUV that a young birder was sitting in the back seat. I thought about shouting at her and at her adult driver in the front seat so this young girl could see the Gotwit. I did not as if I did, I may have come off as some sort of nut job.
Kyle, I believe I saw you barreling down the dike drive trying to get to the Godwit location, only if you were driving a small compact gray car (small wagon type). Based on the hurry driving appearance with dust blowing in the rear, I had a hunch the gray car was chasing the Godwit.
As this gray car parked by the railing and at the right location of the Godwit, I just made the 90 turn and heading towards the dogleg. I was driving a Honda Ridgeline and saw the gray car pull over and park. I had my fingers across and assumed the birder in the gray car would find the godwit (as long as it did not take flight). I even thought about doing the reverse or walk back to make sure the Godwit was being passed onto the next birder. Larry Z. only wrote about how he makes sure a rare bird he finds at Brig is being passed on to the next birder. I wanted to do my part but it appears I failed to do so.
As I mentioned in my report, the Godwit was roosting and hidden on the ground at the grassland island. I initially thought the godwit was injured as I have never seen a marbled gotwit roosting on the ground in the day light.
Yong Kong Camden County
-----Original Message----- . From: Kyle Chelius Sent: Monday, July 3, 2017 1:20 PM To: <JERSEYBI...> 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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- John Trudell
________________________________ From: JerseyBirds <JERSEYBI...> on behalf of Yong Kong <yklitespeed...> Sent: Friday, June 30, 2017 3:23 PM To: <JERSEYBI...> 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.