I helped the staff at Santee NWR with a shorebird survey yesterday - a good variety of shorebirds is using a drained impoundment in the Cuddo Unit.
We had over 20 Pectoral Sandpipers, a couple of Spotted Sandpipers, a couple of dozen Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, and lots of Killdeer.
We then did an inspection tour of the Pine Island and Bluff Units. Part of Pine Island had a controlled burn again this year back in February and there are plans to do the rest. Things are looking better and staff has a good plan to handle their challenges (invasive plant species, resource constraints, etc). Bluff Unit is looking good as well and there are improvements on the way in terms of impoundments and water control. We were surprised to see a Tricolored Heron at the Bluff Unit - Wood Stork was more expected these days.
After Santee NWR I swung by the Orangeburg Sod Farm. A couple of small flocks of Pectoral Sandpipers, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer was about all there was. The grass in the industrial park had been cropped close last week but now it is getting tall enough to be attractive to Upland Sandpipers.
Also had a Loggerhead Shrike, Common Ground-Dove, and some Horned Larks.