Date: 5/29/18 6:02 pm
From: Pat Martin <emartin139...>
Subject: Re:[nysbirds-l] [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Today May 29th, 2018- Red Knot, Red-Necked Phalarope
Hi All,
We were indeed correct that our Phalarope today was a different bird
than the one Dave Kennedy had yesterday. See his ebird report from
today, which contains lovely pictures (in good light) of our male or
molting female bird.
Pat Martin

-----Original Message-----
From: David Nicosia
Sent: May 29, 2018 8:46 PM
To: Cayuga birds , NY Birds , <broomebirds...>
Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Montezuma Today May 29th, 2018- Red Knot,
Red-Necked Phalarope

I had a change of plans and am not going to the NJ coast for
shorebirds. So I decided to try Montezuma again for shorebirds and
amazingly I had a pretty awesome day. Good weather usually
doesn't mean rare birds for me. That was false today!
First stop was Tschache Pool Tower and I could see a fair number
of mainly peeps very distant with one larger shorebird. It was
very shimmery so I decided to go to Rte 89 and look from there. At
this time I was unaware of Dave Kennedy's earlier report of a Red
Knot here. So I looked from Rte 89 and saw the grouping of
shorebirds but they were too close to the top of the weeds on the
dike so I couldn't ID much. Then an eagle flew over and the birds
took flight and I got great views of a RED KNOT in breeding
plumage with the peeps. The peeps flew around a couple more times
and the Knot stayed in with them offering great scope views in
flight. Then I went back to the tower as they appeared to be
closer than earlier. Maybe I could get a better look. But I was
fortunate enough to run into Pete Sar and Jackie Baker who were
doing the refuge survey at Tschache. They were gracious enough to
let me ride with them and I got much closer views of this great
bird. The irony is that is the main specie I go for to see in NJ!
The list for Tschache that I compiled can be found here with poor
photos of the knot. The shimmer was awful.
Then after this, I headed over to wildlife drive and there are
still 7 REDHEADS main pool, one GREATER YELLOWLEGS Seneca Flats.
The Snowy Egret was not present at Eaton at this time. Benning
Marsh was fairly quiet too.
Then I hit the north side of the drive and, WOW, a large flock of
shorebirds! Most of the birds were SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS.
There were also quite a few DUNLIN including one still in basic /
non-breeding plumage. I found at least 5 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS
but it was hard to keep track of numbers as the birds were flying
around from mudflat to mudflat across from the Eagle sculpture. Then,
I got on a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE! Jay texted me that there was one
on wildlife drive yesterday. So I assumed this was the same one.
But looking at photos of yesterday vs today, this one was duller.
Not sure if it is a male or a duller female. In any event, another
great bird!!
Who needs to go to NJ!! This was a ton of fun and it was great
birding with Ann Mitchell and Pat Martin as they joined me at the
thruway ponds to see the Phalarope! My list is below for wildlife
drive with poor photos of the RNPH and others(lighting was

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