Many of the larger shorbs/waders were gone from the Green Acres sod farm
area in Dallas Co., perhaps because of heavy bike traffic on the trail
through the farm. But a Bittern was flushed from a marshy area just SE on
the bike trail, and 1 Red-necked Phalarope was north across 260th on the
west side sheet water.
On Fri, May 4, 2018, 5:11 PM Dennis Thompson <cndthomps...> wrote:
> Reid Allen called me at 2:00 to report that Pam and he had some good birds
> along S Avenue northwest of Waukee. 6 CATTLE EGRETS were at the Green
> Acres sod farm just south of 260th. They also had an AMERICAN AVOCET and
> 11 WILSON’S PHALAROPES at a big piece of sheetwater south of 250th. I
> happened to be in Grimes, so was able to meet them fairly quickly. On the
> way there, I noticed a good shorebird flock along 250th between S and T
> Avenues. We went to check it out and found a WILLET and a RUDDY
> TURNSTONE. We both headed our separate ways and I quickly got a call from
> them that the avocet/phalarope spot had added about a hundred birds,
> including BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, lots of Dowitchers and a Godwit. I
> rejoined them and we determined it was a HUDSONIAN GODWIT and that most of
> the Dowitchers were LONG-BILLED. As we were scanning the flock, a
> PEREGRINE FALCON bombed in and flushed everything except the Avocet.
> Heading home I swung by the Shattuck sod farm east of T Avenue along 250th
> and saw a WHITE-FACED IBIS. While there, about 70 shorebirds came
> whooshing in. That flock contained both LONG- and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS
> and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. Shorebirds were definitely on
> the move this afternoon.
> Denny Thompson
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