Date: 8/8/17 3:27 pm From: <obol-bounce...> Subject: [obol] Smith & Bybee Lakes - Wilson's Phalarope and more
I stopped by for a couple of hours this morning and was joined by Colby Neuman. Shorebirds conditions continue to be excellent. I saw a Solitary Sandpiper and a juvie Semipalmated Sandpiper from the boat launch area. Colby spotted a juvenile Wilson's Phalarope from the Smith Lake blind. It moved around a lot, but was fairly easy to pick out from all the Yellowlegs by its behavior. Often stretching its neck out and picking flies just above the water surface. I also spotted a juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher that showed well at fairly close range. Colby heard Baird's in flight a couple of times, but we couldn't pick one out visually. Bybee Lake was pretty busy too with a large flock of 500+ peeps on the far side that looked to be about 75% Least and 25% Western, plus who knows what else mixed in. Great Egret numbers have built to around 300, and that's just what we could see. 100+ gulls too, all Cal and Ring-billed from what I could make out.
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