Date: 9/10/17 8:16 am From: <mkenne...> Subject: [ia-bird] Union Slough NWR
It was very active at USNWR this morning- fewer shorebirds than previously, but far more waterfowl, herons, coots, and swallows. At least 4 Bald Eagles, 3 Harriers, and Peregrine were patrolling around B Pool, making a mess of things every time I got settled into scanning the crowds. The immature Peregrine was absolutely hating on one of the Harriers for several minutes- along more than a quarter mile of shoreline, the Harrier was harassed mercilessly like it was the Peregrine's job. It literally flew rings around the Harrier at one point! A single adult Black-bellied Plover stood out, a juv Red-necked Phalarope weaved throughout a working flock of Greater Yellowlegs, and I managed to get a count of 5 Buff-breasted Sandpipers at one point before everything blew up (again!). I think the auto tour route is still open throughout this week, but it's best to check before making a long drive.