Date: 5/27/18 6:59 am From: David Nicosia <daven102468...> Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma NWR Tschache Pool Spring Shorebird Walk May 26th, 2018
We had an awesome turnout for the second spring shorebird walk along part of the restricted area of Tschache Pool. I estimated at least 45 people as some came later and others left earlier. There were 27 cars parked at the parking area by the tower at Tschache at one point! This was the second walk for the spring shorebird season at Tschache allowed by the Montezuma Refuge staff. Much thanks to Andrea VanBeusichem for organizing these walks.
The weather was very warm and humid and after a string of warm days and south winds we did't have the numbers of shorebirds as last week as many have moved on. However, we still had 9 species of shorebirds which offered excellent looks including close views of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, DUNLIN (breeding plumage), WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER (breeding plumage), SEMIPALMATED and LEAST SANDPIPERS. There was also a nice adult breeding EURASIAN WIGEON. We had many top-notch birders along which made a big difference in finding birds and teaching people about shorebirds for such a large group. I couldn't have done this alone. A BIG thanks to these folks. I would also like to thank Mike DeWispelaere who came up with me all the way from Norwich and took some nice photos and kept the checklist. We totaled 72 species many of which we heard in the woods adjacent to Tschache.