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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