Date: 4/16/18 7:01 pm From: Ryan Maclean via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Extralimital: WOOD SANDPIPER on Long Island NY
A WOOD SANDPIPER was found by Patricia Lindsay at Timber Point Country Club in Great River NY (Long Island) this afternoon. See below for pictures and details
------------------------------------------------- *Subject: Wood Sandpiper Timber Point Golf Course now Suffolk Co* Date: Mon Apr 16 2018 20:04 pm From: Shaibal.Mitra AT csi.cuny.edu
The Wood Sandpiper continued in the rain pools just east of the Timber Point entrance road (and just south of the spur road to the East Marina) until it was too dark to see.
The discovery and identification of this mega rarity was a team effort. I was seawatching at Robert Moses SP when Patricia called me to report an unfamiliar shorebird. Her puzzlement was my cue to race over to join her, along with my seawatching companions Brent Bomkamp and Taylor Sturm. We pulled up, predictably, just after the birds had flushed. While I spoke with Pat and reviewed some distant photos, Brent and Taylor set out to relocate the flock. As I came to the conclusion that it was likely a very rare Wood Sandpiper, they re-found the bird. We re-joined them and exhilaration ensued!
The place where we were watching it was not a good, publicly accessible, location, but fortunately the bird soon flew (calling "chip-chip-chip" right over us) and returned to the near-ideal place described above, where it remained as admirers arrived until it was too dark to see.