Date: 11/4/17 10:34 pm From: Noah Arthur <semirelicta...> [NEBirds] <NEBirds...> Subject: [NEBirds] Western Sandpipers at Lake Babcock, Nov. 4
A great day of birding with Bill Flack at Lake North/Lake Babcock today (Nov. 4) was highlighted by unexpected late shorebirds. Bill first spotted peeps on the concrete embankment of the causeway between the two lakes (on the Babcock side, a few hundred feet past a small beach on the Lake North side of the causeway), and after creeping closer in the car, we got excellent views and photos of two WESTERN SANDPIPERS and a LEAST SANDPIPER foraging along the waterline on the concrete. Later, on a second spin round the causeway, other birders pointed out a flock of about 18 LEAST SANDPIPERS hunkering in the rocks around the beach on the Lake North side of the causeway.
Western photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/73989529@N02/albums/72157688858998954/with/38122647926/ Other good birds were a few SNOW BUNTINGS along the causeway and a getting-late 1st-cycle FRANKLIN'S GULL along with smallish numbers of RING-BILLED and BONAPARTE'S GULLS and one 2nd-cycle AMERICAN HERRING GULL on Lake North. Three loons all proved to be COMMON LOONS. A big flock of distant geese were visible on Lake Babcock, viewed from the southwest corner of the lake, including hundreds of CANADA and CACKLING GEESE and many GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE ducking in and out between the bigger Canadas. A small cadre of white geese included only one bird that gave me a good look at the bill, which appeared to be probably a ROSS'S GOOSE. Ducks in this flock included MALLARDS, GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN PINTAIL, NORTHERN SHOVELERS, and some unspecified sleeping SCAUP.
Noah Arthur (Oakland, CA/Lincoln, NE)<semirelicta...>