Date: 8/7/17 8:00 am From: John Herman <herman.jp1257...> Subject: [Ohio-birds] American avocets unexpected location
It may seem unlikely, but avocets occasionally are found swimming out in the middle of a reservoir. This is the experience I and other local birders have had with all four of Clear Fork reservoir's records. With all the boat traffic on most Ohio reservoirs, reservoirs seem like unlikely places to find rare shorebirds. But often when an avocet shows up at a reservoir they are tired and will fly because of an advancing boat, but often circle and return to the water. Good times to look for reservoir avocets in fall are on a day with decent west or northwest winds. Helps if a thunderstorm comes along to bring the birds down to the water. 400 American avocets near Bismarck, North Dakota on 1 August 2017 ! John Herman
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