Date: 9/7/17 6:44 pm From: jacobtee via IA-BIRD <ia-bird...> Subject: [ia-bird] Pinchey Bottoms- Marion Co.
Pinchey Bottoms is about dried up and is basically a huge mudflat with a few puddles of shallow water. There were about 400 shorebirds remaining this evening.. A young Peregrine Falcon and an adult female Taiga Merlin kept the frantic shorebirds scattered then they decided to chase each other. The feisty Merlin also took some swipes at a Northern Harrier. Despite the low number of shorebirds the diversity was good with 14 total species. Highlights were two Ruddy Turnstones and 13 Sanderlings. At sunset the birds finally settled down and grouped together in a puddle right off the boat ramp, allowing for great scope views. I don't think they will be there for much longer.